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SM (12) 56/4/17A


Memorandum / respecting Iron Guard / to Window of Library / adjoining the Bank of England / Branch Birmingham, June 1829


12 Memorandum


Birmingham Branch // Mem. // The Iron Guard to back window of Library / refered (sic) to in Letters to Mr Soane of the 14th and 19th of May / 1829 is at the present time in two parts to open and is / fastened by bar connecting the rails in centre and locked / with a padlock - it is every morning opened by the Bank / Porter and fastened every night. This Guard was in the / first Instance fixed and fastened in wall and Mr Nicholls / on the 19th of May last informed me that some time ago / the Library Committee considered it a nuisance and gave him / to understand if it were not removed they would have it / removed themselves & in reply Mr Nicholls said if it were / removed a wall must be built before it for the security of / the Bank Premises he (Mr Nicholls) then learned there was / a clause in their lease to prevent any wall being built at / a specified distance he then made an agreement with the / Committee to make this Guard to open and that it should / be opened every morning and closed at night only; (verso): as above

Signed and dated

  • 8th June 1829, signed Joseph Pepper

Medium and dimensions

Pen on laid secretary paper with three fold marks (320 x 203)


Joseph Pepper, clerk of works


Britannia holding lance and olive branch with shield within crowned oval


The iron guard in question is shown on drawings 6, 7 and 9.



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