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Reference number

SM (80) 11/3/5 (81) 11/3/4 (82) 11/3/11


Designs for the counting house of house No. 3, July 1810 (3)


80 Design for the Basement Story / of the Offices behind the House / No 3 New Bank Buildings 81 Design for the Counting House &c behind the House No 3 New Bank Buildings, Ground Floor 82 Plan of the First Floor / shewing the Mezzanine


(80-82) bar scales of 3/8 inch to 1 foot


80 as above, labelled: (pencil) Base[men]t, Pantry, lattice partition, Door into the Court, Butler, Clerks / Necessary, Cellar 81 as above, labelled: (pencil) Down (twice), Back Room, Lobby, Entrance from Staircase, Strong Clo[se]t, Anti Room to the / Counting House / 9 feet high, 10.0 or 12 feet / see plan of the / first floor marked E, 12.0, 20 or 22 feet / see plan E, 12.0, Counting House, Lobby, Strong Closet / &c 82 as above, labelled: D Qy [query] Soil pipe at D, Wm Manning Esq, One pair back Room / No 3 New Bank Buildings, Quarter pace / of / Staircase, D, Washhand / bason (sic) / &c, Lobby, Water Closet, Chy opposite Window, Height of this Room 11'6'', B, A, C (twice), E, Query extend this room 2 feet as per dotted lines CC & leave the Accounting House only 20 feet in length, A If the window is in this / wall the light will be / better & the recess at / B will be sufficient / for a Sopha (sic) or other Bed J. S. [John Soane] // NB the window at A / likewise leads on the / leads over the Counting / House which would be / useful in the event of / fire and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • (80) July 14 1810 (81) 14th July 1810 (82) L. I. F. [Lincoln's Inn Fields] / 14 July 1810

Medium and dimensions

(80-82) Pen and grey wash, pricked for transfer on wove paper with one fold mark (674 x 562, 674 x 563, 674 x 563)


(80-82) Soane


(80-82) SH


The offices behind house No. 3 extend roughly 44 feet from the back of the building and are approximately 15 feet wide. The basement is similar in shape to a design on an earlier drawing (72), but the internal layout is different.

William Manning, as well as being the tenant of house No. 3, was also a member of the Committee of Building and, between 1812 and 1814, Governor of the Bank of England.

The Soane office Day Books record George Bailey (then Soane's pupil) making drawings of 'part of the 3rd house in Princes Street' on 17 and 18 July 1810. However, drawings 80-82 are dated 14 July 1810, drawing 82 labelled so in Soane's hand. Perhaps the Day Books refer to Bailey making copies of these drawings.



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