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SM (7) volume 75/2 (8) volume 60/6


Design and record drawing for the Discount Office (2)


7 Section looking west; (verso) section of the lantern 8 Interior perspective looking east


(7) bar scale


7 The Bank of England, Section of "Cheque Office" (now Post Bill 1833), and dimensions given 8 Design for the Discount Office, Bank of England


Soane office


This office was labelled as the Accountants Office in 1803 in a general plan of the Bank from 1803 (SM 9/2/16, drawing 103 in scheme 2:7) but it probably served as the Discount Office, as its design is very similar to preliminairy designs for the new Discount Office, made in 1805. The office is a square in plan, with an aisle on the east side that serves as a public area. The aisle has two Doric columns supporting a gallery above; in plan (see SM 9/3/4, drawing 4 in 2:2) the left-hand side door lets onto a spiral stair. The west side has a door to a small courtyard or lobby and another door to the adjacent office (see drawing 9). The room's light source is the large circular lantern supported on pendentives in the centre of the room. Drawing 7 shows the lantern with iron arch braces as in the Bank Stock Office, designed in 1792.

A narrow recess on a wedge-shaped plan is on the south side of the room, as a result of rooms joining at an irregular angle. The recess is shown on the left-hand side of the drawing, with a small door into a closet.



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