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SM (20) 9/4/27


Design for additions to the five pound note office, 26 November 1829 (north-west)


20 Plan as proposed for the add[itional] drawing office


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as above, Bank of England, Proposed office 36 by 25, Principal Clerk / 18 by 13:6, 4 double desks 14:2 long = 112 feet / 5 [illegible] desks on the _ _ _ / side, last 10 feet ... 50 feet / Total 162 feet, Present Office . 40 feet by 22 feet, 880 feet / 6 double desks 9 feet long = 108 feet, 5£ Store Room, Clerks for delivery. book, Principal / & / deputy, Fire and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 25 nov 1829 / J.S.


Soane office hand



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