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SM (2) P350


Presentation drawing of the Bank, 1831


2 Ground floor plan; elevation of the south front; and ground plan of the Bank and surrounding streets


to a scale


Threadneedle Street, Paved Court, Store Keeper's / Office, Porter's Lodge, General Cash Book / Office, Chancery Office, Treasury, Rotunda, Treasury, Consols Dividend Office, Bank Stock / Office, Vestibule, 3 per cent / Reduced, 3½ per cent / Reduced, Pay Hall, Garden Court, Dividend Pay Office, Strong / Room, New 3½ per cent Transfer / office, New 3½ per cent / Dividend Office, Officer's Room, Servant / Room, Committee / Room, The Court Room, Lobby, Bill Office, Bullion Court, Bullion Office, Archway, Chief Cashier, Passage, Lobby, Coffee / Room, Discount / Office, Strong / Room, The Governor's / Room, Waiting / Room / No 1, Waiting / Room / No 2, The Deputy / Governor's / Room, Lobby, Lobby, Waiting / Room, Waiting / Room, Waiting / Room / No 3, Strong / Room, Committee Room, Chief Accountt, Deputy Account / ants office, Vestibule, Nightly / Watch, £5 Note / Store Room, Accountants / Drawing Office, 1 & 2 £ Note / office, Mould / maker, Numbering Room, Bank Note / Office, 5£ Note / Office, Post Bill Office, The Branch Banks / Office, Private Room / Branch Banks / Office, Silver / Office, Lobby, Passage, Chief Cashier's Office, Secretary, Area, Secretary's / Office, Secretary, Chief / Accountants Parlor, The Secretary's House, Porter's Lodge, Lothbury Court, Consols Library, Interior Office, Consols Transfer / Office, Power of / Attorney / Office, St Bartholomew's Lane, Church, Lothbury, St Margaret's / Church, Princes Street, Proposed line of Houses in Princes Street according to the City Plan by Mr Dance 1802, Part of the Garden of the / Grocers Company, New Bank Buildings, Plan shewing the Improvements in the vicinity of the Bank / according to the City Plan of 1802- the line of Princes Street as / settled with Mr Dance &c - the New Bank Buildings- and the Design / for connecting them with the National Debt Office in the Old Jewry; and frame labelled (capitals) General Plan of the Bank (Sir John Soane 1831)

Signed and dated

  • 1831


Soane office


The framed drawing is a plan of the Bank as it existed by the end of Soane's career.
The inscriptions, both on the left-hand side of the drawing and beside the inset ground plan at the top of the sheet, indicate that the streets had not yet been improved according to the 1802 City plan. George Dance (1741-1825) was the Clerk of the City Works (architect and surveyor) from 1768 to 1825. His 1802 plan for the streets around the Bank (see scheme 3:3) guided Soane's designs for the Bank exteriors. As shown, Soane expected prominent avenues to lead north from the Bank at its two north corners, and a wider Princes Street and Bartholomew Lane.



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