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SM (15) 10/6/8


Design for the basement of the Printing Offices


15 Plan of the Basement Story under the Printing Offices; and rough detail


(15) bar scale


15 as above, The Bank of England, Cases for Book[s] / 1.6 high / 1.0 wide, (Soane, pencil) Books, Wood Door (twice), --ater (illegible), lettered A to B (twice), AA Iron gates, BB Iron gates / and wood Doors, 24-6, 64-0


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The rooms in drawings 15 are situated on the west side of the Printing Office Court. The south entrance has wooden and iron doors and the north entrance has been blockaded (in pencil). Soane's inscriptions suggest using the rooms for storing cases of 'Books', possibly for clerks' ledgers or banknote-related materials.



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