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  • image SM (34) 56/2/28

Reference number

SM (34) 56/2/28


Working drawing of 2 Designs for / Wrought Iron Frame & door for the Strong Rooms, March 1827


34 Door frame and ^part of the Door and Elevation of door & frame


to a scale of 1/8 inch to 1 inch and Full Size


as above, and 'door frame' labelled: C, Parts at large / Design No 1, B, Parts at large Design No 2, Lock (twice), A (twice), Gun metal (twice), Stone Jamb (twice), Open[in]g between the Stone Jambs 2'9'', (Heath) In Clear of frame of Head and / Sill; 'elevation' labelled: (see parts at large), A (6 times), B (3 times), C (3 times), see parts at / large below, Brass / Nob, Design No 2 / Three beads / flush / See below B, Design No 1 / Fr[ame]d Sq[uar]re / See below C, Two Locks in one Case to cover the Door / Each Lock to shoot 3 Bolts / 2 into the side & one into the Top or bottom of Frame / Upper Lock Chubbs Patent / with 2 Keys, Lower Lock Barron's Patent 2 Keys / likewise to shoot 3 bolts

Signed and dated

  • L. I. F. (Lincoln's Inn Fields) / March 1827

Medium and dimensions

Pen, burnt Sienna and grey-blue washes, pricked for transfer (recto and verso) on wove paper (542 x 721)


George Bailey (1792-1860, pupil then assistant 1806-37, curator 1837-60)


Smith & Allnutt 1823


The door is 7 feet tall and 2 feet 9 inches wide. Designs 1 and 2 show different ways of fixing the door frame to the stone jambs as well as alternative designs for panels. No mention is made in the Soane office Day Books for March 1827 of drawings for strong room doors or the Manchester branch bank. There are, however, references to drawings being made for the branch banks in Bristol and Liverpool. While it is likely that this drawing was made for one of those banks, the same design was probably used as a standard design at several different branches, including Manchester. (See also design for a reinforced door frame for the branch bank, Hull, drawing 6 [SM 56/10/8]).
The verso of the drawing has a survey plan and elevation of the Bristol branch bank which is catalogued separately, q.v. (Bristol branch bank, drawing 29).



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