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Reference number

SM (6) 56/4/6

Purpose

Designs for alterations, 1826 and 1829

Aspect

6 Plan of Ground Floor of the Bank &c in Union Street Birmingham with flier

Scale

bar scale of ? inch to 1 foot

Inscribed

as above, labelled: Entrance to the Yard of the Union Inn, Iron Guard, High Window, Entrance / Hall, Counter (twice), Desk (5 times), 16'6'' by 47'0'', Iron Safe, Iron Door, Wood Door, Chy, Closet with Iron / Shelves &c, Safe below, Wood Door, Window / A., Deal Glazed Partition to be removed, D., Door, E., Steps to Clerks Room, Oak, Staircase / Paved, 11 feet high, House / Vaulted Basement / and 3 Stories above, Staircase to Strong Room, Waiting Room / 14.0 by 8.0, Breakfast Room / 14.9 by 14.6, Passage, Way to / Vault, Wash hand / Stand &c, Chy, Small / Private / Room / Floor 5'9'' / below A. / 7'0'' by 14'0'', Water / Closet, Door &c, Iron Guard / Window, Flagged Court (twice), Window, Dust / &c, Steps, Paved Court, Fence Wall 5'9'' high from Court, Stable &c, Back Entrance, Public / Passage, Dining Room / 23'9'' by 16'0'', Part Vaulted Basement / & Two Stories, Footmans / Pantry, Back / Staircase, Cooking / Kitchen / 13'7'' by 16'4'', Buildings belonging to the Union Inn, The Old Birmingham Library / nearly the same height as the Bank House, On Lease to the Proprietors / of the Birmingham Library for 120 Years / from June 1793 / 1828 June / expired 35 / unexpired 85, Ground Rent reserved / £11.15.0 pr Anno / ab 175 Sqre Yds and some dimensions given; in another hand: Plan referred to in letter to the Governor of the Bank / dated this day J.S., Dwelling Ho. / which Mr Beswick / has a Lease of which / 103 years are unexpired, Yard, Stable, Warehouse, Birmingham, --- (illegible) / 4 Feb 1829 / ordered / this / door to / be made; on flier: Steps up to Book Room, Steps to / Basement, Waiting Room, G., C. / Door to / correspond / with A., F., Private Office for Agent / 14'0'' by 14'9'', A., B., This Doorway to be / bricked up & the / Door & Jambs / removed to A.

Signed and dated

dated 31 Augt 1826 and (flier) 11 May 1829

Medium and dimensions

Pen, sepia, grey-blue, burnt sienna and pink washes, pricked for transfer within single ruled border on wove paper (530 x 367) and flier on laid paper (142 x 89)

Hand

badly-nested tags: br

Watermark

Smith & Allnutt 1823; flier, G C & C 1826

Notes

The areas to the left of the premises have clearly been added to the plan at a later date. The plan shows some proposed alterations to the bank building in pink wash, in addition to a note in Soane's hand beneath the flier. Further alterations are shown on the flier itself. The alterations and writing on the flier correspond exactly with those on drawing 11, which is also dated 11 May 1829. Inscriptions added later include the dates '4 Feb 1829' and '11 May 1829', showing that the plan was still being used nearly 3 years after it was initially drawn in 1826.

Level

Drawing

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