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SM (64) 11/3/13


[64] Survey plan, 16 March 1818


64 Site plan of the National Debt Redemption / Life Annuity Office


as above, The Bank of England, Coppy (sic) sent to L I Fields, dimensions given and pencil calculation

Signed and dated

  • Bank 16 March 1818

Medium and dimensions

Black, red and brown pen, some pencil on thin wove paper with one fold mark (672 x 508)


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


Essentially a survey plan of Meeting House Court, the road (8 feet 3 inches wide) that ran on the south side of the National Debt Redemption and Life Annuity Office. The running dimensions for the right-hand side of Meeting House Court totals 104 feet + 7 feet 9 inches.



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