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Reference number

SM (10) 56/4/8 (11) 56/4/7

Purpose

Designs for alterations, May 1829 (2)

Aspect

10 Plan of part of the Basement Story 11 Plan of the Ground Floor

Scale

(10-11) bar scale of 1/6 inch to 1 foot

Inscribed

10 as above, Bank of England Branch Birmingham, A. A strong framed Iron Guard / to be fixed to Window A. / B. The present doorway to be / Bricked up / C. New Steps up to Ground Floor / to be of Deal with Deal Balusters / and Handrail, A, Room for / Clerks, (qy [query] Arch), (in pencil) Deferred for the / present, B, C, added later: Mem. / (The execution of this Plan deferred / in consequence of the resolution of the / Committee,- 27th May 1829)
11 as above, The Bank of England Branch Birmingham, Entrance, Bank, D. (twice), E., (pencil) Staircase deferred / for the present, eq[ua]l. (twice), Staircase, Waiting Room, C., Agents Private / Room, B. This doorway to / be bricked up / the door and jambs / to be removed to A., Kitchen, Footman's / Pantry, Dining Room, F., G., A. Doorway to be cut and / the Door and Jambs now / at B. to be removed here / C. Doorway to be cut and / a new Door and Jambs to / correspond with A. to be / fixed here / D. Deal Glazed Partition / to be removed and used as / far as practicable in forming / the Enclosure E. 7ft high / F. Iron Guard as G., (pencil) Wall G 13 ft above Fl & Iron railing 3 ft above coping

Signed and dated

(10) L. I. Fields (11) Lincolns Inn Fields (10-11) 11th May 1829

Medium and dimensions

(10-11) Pen, sepia, pink (11) and yellow washes, pricked for transfer on wove paper (526 x 368, 532 x 365)

Hand

(10-11) George Bailey (1792-1860, pupil then assistant 1806-37, curator 1837-60)

Watermark

(11) Smith & Allnutt 1827

Notes

Drawing 10 suggests the conversion of the basement laundry room into a clerks' room, accessible only from the banking room (above). The dashed segmental line on drawing 10 suggests a barrel vaulted ceiling (confirmed by drawing 13). The alterations on drawing 11 correspond to the flier on drawing 6.

Level

Drawing

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