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Reference number

SM (1) 56/10/10 (2) 56/10/20


Preliminary survey drawings made by Soane (2)


1 Rough block plan of site 2 Rough Ground plan, First floor plan and plan of Second floor or Atticks


(1-2) not to scale


1 as above, (Soane) Hanover Street, Earles Country Avenue, Private Road to Warehouses & Bank Offices, Earls Warehouse, Earls Shed, Back Gate too narrow / for any Coach to enter, to be made over to the Bank by / Messrs Earle, Bank Yard, Bank, Coal shed, Property on Sale / to -- (illegible) when by the 6 months to the ---- (illegible) lease (illegible), Wanted by MessrsEarle, Seel Street, A, B, C, D, insuficiently wide to admit a hackney Coach the tenants rights / in past away without -------- (illegible) duration (signed 'SJ' and dated as below); As this is drawn merely from the eye without any / measurement of angles it is of course not correct / but calling the front of the bank 15 paces or 45 feet / the space A belonging to the Bank may be called 12 ft (feet) / The frontage B to Hanover Street 27 (feet) / & C in Seel Street to the projection 99 (feet) / & D to the end partly in front of Earles / Warehouse 78 (feet) // Messrs Earles & Co propose if the purchase can be effected / to make over to the Bank a small space from their shed / so as to make their own frontage in Seel Street & in the / side street ----- (illegible). This would be a great advantage as / as it would enable the Branch to widen the Bank gate way / which is now useless --- (illegible) the Coals have to be wheeled / across the yard in barrows, or carried on Womens Heads / & when in hand away ------- --- (illegible) have ---------- ------ / c-----ing (illegible) at the front Door, whereas if the bank gate way was (ends here) 2 as above, Premises occupied by Tho & WmEarle, Passage no Thoroughfare, Dwelling House &c belonging to the Estate of the late MrRobinson, Seel Street, Warehouse MessrsEarle, Unbuilt Lot Messrs Earle, Yard, Small / Dwelling, Shed, Small / Dwelling, Parlour (3 times), Entrance, Gateway, Lobby, Closet, dimensions given and (in another hand) Liverpool

Signed and dated

  • (1) SJ 1st Decr [1826]

Medium and dimensions

(1) Pen and sepia wash on secretary paper with seven fold marks (324 x 402) (2) pen, brown pen, pencil on laid paper with old repair and with four fold marks (488 x 408)


(1-2) Soane


(1) G C & Co 1829, Britannia holding lance, shield and olive branch in a crowned oval (2) J Ruse, knot in crowned cartouche and below, 1801 (sic)


These rough survey drawings were made by Soane presumably without an assistant to hold the other end of the measuring tape. Bailey's more thorough survey followed on 13 December 1826 (drawing 3).



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