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Reference number

SM 48/1/1


Survey drawing


Ground floor plan


bar scale of ½ inch to 1 foot


(red pen): Entrance, Messenger & Porter, Fireplace, Strong Room / for / Books & Records, Stair Case & Passage, Passage, Superintendants (sic) / Desk, Desk (twice), 2 Clerks, Counter, (brown pen): For the / Public, 1 Clerk, and some dimensions given; (verso, pencil): 6 Dawe Pl-- (illegible) / Clapham -- (illegible)

Medium and dimensions

Pen, red pen and sepia wash, pricked for transfer on stout wove paper with three fold marks (395 x 392)


local surveyor


Although the location of the building in this undated drawing is not known it can be identified by its inscriptions as a bank. The building, which is roughly 22 feet wide and 27 feet deep, has a 'strong room', 'superintendent's desk' and counters, as well as an area 'for the public', all of which suggests its function.



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