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GREAT BRITAIN. Parliament
[Public Local & Personal Acts. 1800. 39 & 40 Geo.III.c.89]
An Act to empower the Governor and Company of the Bank of England to purchase certain houses and ground contiguous to the Bank of England, and to enable them to improve certain avenues adjacent thereto.
[London]: 1800.
26, [2] p. ; 33.6 cm. (2º)

Drop-head title. Docket-title dated '1800'. To accommodate the Bank's expansion and facilitate the movement of traffic around the perimeter, Soane's plan was for Princes Street to be rebuilt in a straight line running from the Mansion House to Lothbury Street. However, the new Princes Street would bisect the Grocers Company's garden. Negotiations carried on between Soane and Thomas Leverton, the Company's Surveyor, until April 1800 when the two agreed that Princes Street would turn abruptly north to avoid bisecting the garden completely. This would have left much less space for the new north-west extension. Fortunately for Soane, however, the plan was brought before the City of London's Court of Common Council on 25 April, and the City Lands Committee, including its Clerk of the City Works George Dance, in mid-May. The Committee preferred the straightened Princes Street, overriding all negotiations and on 30 June 1800, Parliament authorized the decision (q.v.). In June 1801 the Bank paid the Grocers £6,800 compensation as well as exchanging small parcel of land to the north of their Hall. (See SM Catalogue of Drawings, Bank of England, 1799-1810 Expansions north-west and rebuilding of existing offices.) Not in ESTC.

Copy Notes Copy 1: Page [1] dated in ink at head of title 1800. Loosely inserted in a collection of Acts of Parliament enabling building work at the Bank of England between 1764 and 1793.
Copy 2: 32.9 cm. Sketch in ink on drop-head title. Bound (3) in a collection of Acts of Parliament enabling building work at the Bank of England, 1793--1800.
Copies 3--4: 32.9 cm. Bound after copy 2.
Copy 8: Extensively annotated by Soane in ink and pencil; including sketch in pencil.

Binding Copy 1: Folded paper, stitched.
Copies 2--4: C20th blue cloth, gilt-lettered spine.
Copies 5--9: Folded paper, stitched.

Reference Number 882


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