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SM (1) 56/1/1


Survey plan of semi-detached houses (considered unsuitable) in Norfolk Street


1 Ground Plan of the Union Club-rooms and the adjoining House situate in Norfolk Street


bar scale of 1/6 inch to 1 foot


as above, labelled (same hand): Hall, Dining-room (twice), Drawing-room (twice), Breakfast-room, Staircase, Kitchen (twice), Scullery (twice), Butlers Pantry, Store-room (twice), Yard (twice), Pump, Ashes, Boot house, (added in pencil, another hand) Warehouse (3 times), Cotton Warehouses &c and (pen, a third hand) Both houses cellared and three stories / high well finished & substantial - immediate / possession of the house shaded - The other rented / by the Union Club for a term of 8 months (verso) Bank of England / Manchester / A / 11 sheets and (pencil) 1 Norfolk Street / 2 & 4 King Street

Medium and dimensions

Pen, sepia and (a very light) yellow wash within single ruled border on wove paper with five fold marks (444 x 560)


local surveyor, with pencil inscriptions by George Bailey (1792-1860, pupil then assistant 1806-37, curator 1837-60), and an additional note in an unidentified hand


Turkey Mills J Whatman 1818


The drawing shows two semi-detached houses, the house on the right is three bays wide with a dining room at the back that extends into the house next door. This left-hand house is six bays wide at the front with an imposing stepped entrance and is presently leased for a further eight months by the Union Club. The smaller 'shaded' house is vacant. Evidently the double-house was not considered suitable as a branch bank and all further drawings are for the King Street premises.



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