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Reference number

SM (74) 56/12/38 (75) 56/12/18


Designs for the strong room, Queen Street, March and May 1829 (2)


74 Plan of the Treasure Vault with section through the vault, and (verso) Plan of the Strong Room in Basement 75 Plan of the Basement Story with section through treasure vault and steps to ground floor


(74) bar scale of ? inch to 1 foot; (verso) bar scale of ? inch to 1 foot (75) bar scale of ? inch to 1 foot


74 as above, Norwich Branch, labelled: Iron Gate, Treasure Vault / 9'0'' by 10'0'', Qy Stop up Windows, Cellar 6.11 in the clear / Floor say 1.0 / 7.11 / 1.6 / 6.5 height of Treasure / Vault under the / Iron Girder / 7¾ / 7.0¾ height generally, Floor 1¼ / Joist 4 / Landing 5 / Iron Girder 7¾ / 1.6, steps numbered 1-5; (verso, pencil): as above, Norwich / Branch 75 as above, The Bank of England, Norwich Branch, Mem Strong Room // a.a.a. These spaces to be / filled with framed wrot / Ironwork to consist of Inch / round Iron Bars, 6 inches / apart, framed into top and / bottom rails 1½ by ¾ - to pass / through a middle rail 2½ by / ½ - the framing to be caulked / into Stone top & bottom // b.b. Wrought Iron Bearing / Bars 4'' by 1½'' caulked into Stone // c.c. Framed wrot Iron / Guards as heretofore, labelled: Cellar, Wine Cellar, York Stone Steps & Landing, No Door, Iron Gate, Iron Door, Stone, Ironwork, Joists, 6 York Landing, lettered: a (3 times), b (twice), c (twice)

Signed and dated

  • (74) 26th March 1829 (75) Lincolns Inn Fields / May 1829

Medium and dimensions

(74) Pen, pencil, sepia, pink and blue washes, (verso) pricked for transfer on thin wove paper with one fold mark (656 x 533) (75) pen, sepia, pink, yellow and blue washes, pricked for transfer within a double ruled border on wove paper (363 x 527)


(74) C. J. Richardson (1809-1871, pupil and assistant 1824-1837) (75) George Bailey (1792-1860, pupil then assistant 1806-37, curator 1837-60)


Alternative designs for a new treasure vault are shown in drawings 74 and 75, with pink wash used to show new work in both. Although the vault occupies the same position in both designs, in drawing 74 it is one foot deeper and is approached by a dog-leg stair. The pencil drawing on the verso of drawing 74 closely resembles the treasure vault on the flier on drawing 62.
The Soane office Day Books record C. J. Richardson, one of Soane's pupils, making a 'drawing of vault at' (sic) on 19 March 1829. The unmentioned location is surely Norwich.



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