- The drawings from the office of Sir John Soane
- 4th August 1830
Clauses 93-196 concern the bank's interior, listing repairs to window sashes, furniture and fireplaces, cleaning locks and repainting, for example Best Bed Chamber // 95. Repair Sash Frame put new Oak Sill, Ease Sash / take out broken pane of Glass and put in new one // 96. Repair Floor, and margin round Slab;- take / down and repair, and re-set marble Chimney piece / put new Cast Back to Grate,- Clean and repair / Lock and lacquer the Brass Furniture, / Wash, stop & white Ceiling and Cornice // 97. Paper the Walls with Paper of the value of 8d pr yd / including hanging and Border of the value of 2½d pr yd / including hanging // Woodwork to be painted 3 Oils.
Clauses 197-199 are headed General, and read: 197. Examine and repair and clean the Drains / throughout - the Cesspools in Garden, Scullery & / Stable Yard and form a new Drain from Cesspool / by Steps into the Drain from Stable // 198. To Examine, repair, and ease all the Bellpulls / after the several Works are completed // 199. To remove all rubbish of every description from / the Premises after the completion of the Works.
Clauses 200-209 deal with more substantial buidling work and additions, e.g. Alteration of Harness Room &c // 206. To remove the Partitions in the Hay loft which / enclose the Harness Room, and the covering thereto / cut a doorway and provide & fix a Door frame / with Sash over the same and a 1½ In Deal / 4 pane Door hung thereto to communicate / with the Steps leading from Stable Yard to Kitchen / - provide and fix Fir Quarter Partition, the / head & sill 4'' x 3'', the quarter 4'' x 2½'' with / proper Braces, to enclose a space for Harness / 16ft by 10ft and board the same with Inch deal / ploughed and tongued boarding - form Ceiling / thereto, the Joists to be 4'' x 2'', properly lathed & / Plastered with 2 Coat Plastering & whitened / - refix Saddle Trees, Harness Pegs, Shelves & Rails / and Paint the whole 3 oils // A Lock to be fixed on the door of the value of / 5/0- the Sash over the door to be hung on centres / and bolt fixed thereon.
The Specification is signed after clause 200 J.S., and dated.
The clause numbers in the Specification correspond to the numbers given on drawings 12 and 13.
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