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Reference number

SM (36) 56/1/40 (37) 56/1/43 (38) 56/1/41 (39) 56/1/42

Purpose

As built record drawings, October 1827 (4)

Aspect

36 Plan of the Basement Manchester 37 Plan of the Ground Floor Manchester 38 Plan of one Pair Floor Manchester 39 Plan of two Pair or top Manchester

Scale

(36-39) bar scales of 3/16 inch to 1 foot

Inscribed

36 as above, labelled: Pantry, Wine Cellar, Wine / Cellar, Beer Cellar, Stone Steps (twice), Wood door / plated, Iron door (twice), Strong Room, 2 / Small Iron Safes, Stone / Cistern / with / filtering / Stone and (pencil) some dimensions given; (pencil) F 4 Sheets 37 as above, labelled: Pavement in King Street, Mr MacGregor, (Bailey) Iron Door (twice), Safe A, (Bailey) A. The Iron Safe intended for / the Treasure placed in this / situation by order of Mr MacGregor, (Bailey) Stone, Banking Room, Porters Bed, Lobby, Agents Room, Door (7 times), No door, Steps to Cellars, Steps down to Strong Room, Skylight, Kitchen, Dressers (twice), Shelves &c, Scullery, Water Closet, Coal house, Chancery Lane (twice), leading to / tibb Street (sic), Werehouse (sic), Counting house, Room / used as / Porters Room, Sink 38 as above, labelled: Dining Room, Anti Room, Drawing Room, Butlers Room, Sink, Bed Room, Dressing Room, Water Closet, Bath, Cistern, (Bailey) Bath put up by / Mr MacGregors orders / Sepr 1827, and rooms numbered 7-10 39 as above, labelled: Bed Room (4 times), Dressing Room, Water Closet, Cistern, (Bailey) Water Closet / put up by Mr MacGregors order / Sepr 1827, (pencil) A, B, and rooms numbered 1-5

Signed and dated

  • (36-39, in Bailey's hand) 2nd Octr 1827

Medium and dimensions

(36) Pen, sepia and yellow washes, pricked for transfer on wove paper (551 x 445) (37) pen, sepia, yellow, blue and pink washes, pricked for transfer on wove paper (725 x 462) (38) pen, sepia, brown madder, yellow, raw Sienna and blue washes, pricked for transfer on wove paper (555 x 452) (39) pen, sepia and blue washes, pricked for transfer on wove paper (550 x 445)

Hand

(36-39) Thomas Heath, clerk of works, with some inscriptions by George Bailey (1792-1860, pupil then assistant 1806-37, curator 1837-60)

Notes

Thomas Heath's survey drawings show the Manchester branch bank as it was a year after opening for business. The interior arrangement of the ground floor most closely reflects that shown in drawing 35. Additionally, a quadrant-shaped lobby has been built, along with a tripartite central window in place of the former main entrance. A double-walled strong room and a new wine cellar have been built in the basement, as well as an extension to the rear of the first floor.
Blue wash is used for outside areas, yellow wash for banking areas and pink wash for wooden fixtures and fittings. On drawing 38, brown madder and raw Sienna washes are used for domestic areas, and blue for plumbing.

Level

Drawing

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