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SM (7) 56/4/9


Design for alterations, 1826


7 Plan of the Basement Story


bar scale of ? inch to 1 foot


as above, Bank in Union Street Birmingham, labelled: Cellar (twice), Wine / Cellar, The Basement is Vaulted / Floors paved with Brick / 7'9'' high, "Intended Safe Room", This space is filled with / Earth, Iron Guard, Guard, Coal Vault, Store / Vault, Strong Room, Iron Safe, Staircase, Brewhouse, Pantry, Passage, Water Reservoir, Vault, Coal Vault

Medium and dimensions

Pen, sepia and pink washes, pricked for transfer within single ruled border on wove paper (528 x 370)


Smith & Allnutt 1823


The title of 'Bank in Union Street', rather than 'Bank of England Branch', suggests that this drawing was made before the purchase of the building by the Bank of England. The label 'Intended Safe Room' is written in a hand corresponding with the Bateman plans of July 1826 (drawing 1). The proposed alterations to the strong room are intended to make entry possible only from the room above (i.e. the waiting room).



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