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image SM (7) 9/2/11

Reference number

SM (7) 9/2/11

Purpose

Preliminary designs for existing offices and the new extension, and showing proposed rearrangement of the offices as in drawings 5 and 6

Aspect

7 General plan

Scale

bar scale

Inscribed

(feint pencil) Vestibule, Committee, Parlor, Court, Court Room / 40'0 by 60'0, Dep. / Acc[ountant], One & Two / Pound / Notes / 20:0 by 38:0, One & Two Pound Notes / 55'0 by -- -- (illegible), Court, Cash Book / Office / 18 books, Chancery / Office / 16'0 by 17'0 / 5 clerks, Drawing / Office / 18:0 by 36:0 / Accts Depr / 17 Clerks, G. Cash / Books / 16:0 by 24:0, 30:0 by 24:0, 5 £ Notes & Upwards Mr Bentley / 30:0 by 60:0, Storekeeper, Accts Disct / 3 Clerks Griffen / 18:0 by 10:0, Discount Office / 24'0" by 40'0", Committee / in / Waiting / 39 by 21, Waiting Room / or / Committee / 15:0, Waiting Room / 12:0 (three times), Lobby, Court Room / 40'0 by 60'0, Committee of Treas[ury] / Governors Room, Waiting / Room (twice), Deputy Governors / Room / 24 by (?)18, Officers / Room, Officer / Bed / Room, Officers / --- (illegible), Arcade, Court, Passage, Guard Room, Court, Court, Waiting / Room (twice), ---er / of / Co-- (Committee?), Parlour / Doorkeeper, Waiting Room, Court, Coffee Room, Cashiers Office, Secretary, Mr Newlands / Room, Income & / Land Tax, Bullion Court, (Soane, pen) Of Barracks / Plan referred to / May 2nd 1805, Stor:[age] Clos:[et], arcade, (Bailey) The Bank of England, as designed about the year 1802

Hand

Soane and Soane office

Watermark

1803

Notes

Drawing 7 is a general plan of the Bank that shows Soane's proposed alterations to the directors' parlours, the Discount Office, and the addition to the north-west. Pencil inscriptions on plan suggest rearranging the rooms as in drawings 5 and 6; that is, using the newly built Accountants Office as the Court Room and, in turn, using the Court and Committee Rooms (built by Rober Taylor) as a £5 Notes Office. Thus the more private directors' parlours would be relocated to the north-west, away from the front entrance, and the banking offices would move towards the front. This relocation of offices was practical but the Bank's directors resisted such a drastic change. Soane's proposal would have also given more stature to his new wing, situating the directors within Soane's architecture and relegating Taylor's south-west wing to clerks' offices.

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Drawing

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