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Reference number

SM 40/2/16


[9] Design 'No 1' for the ground floor, 24 June 1801


Plan of the Ground Floor


bar scale of 1/5 inch to 1 foot


as above, Messrs Praeds & Co / Fleet Street, Design No 1, labelled: Area, F, Lobby, Door, Chy, (pencil) D, (pencil) E, 1st Room, B, B, Qy Shelves for Books, 2d Room, C, (pencil) Warehouse, (pencil) Qy Brick --- Wall / being an external Wall, (pencil, in Soane's hand) D the Pencil marking made / by Lord B who proposed / this place for a Strong Closet / instead of E, (in Soane's hand) Qy Vaults under Street / Qy Area Steps & / iron grating over the / whole of the Area / with an Iron ---- Grate / to light up for the / convenience of taking / down Coals & / supplies to vaults / under the Street, (in Soane's hand) BB At T it was determined to / omit both these parts / June 29 B * to be built / Mem I think not, C Keep this Room square & put the / Chy under the Window, F Qy 4.9 or 4.0, (in Soane's hand) Plan to be executed / June 29 1801 / Grd Floor 13 feet / First Floor Do 13 feet, (pencil, in Soane's hand) Poynder - Bricklayer / Seymour - Carpenter / ------ (illegible) - Mason / Burton - Plumber / Cutler - Smith / ---- - ------ & ------ (illegible) / Morgan - Plasterer / [Blank] - Painter and dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 24 June 1801
    June 24 1801

Medium and dimensions

Pen, sepia and light red washes, pricked for transfer within triple ruled black wash border on wove paper with two fold marks (644 x 526)


Henry Hake Seward or Thomas Sword


WL 1794


No changes were made in this drawing by one of Soane's pupils from his design of 22 June (drawing [8]). Three alternative designs were presented for approval. A note in Soane's hand describes this design as the 'Plan to be executed'. Pencil alterations have been made to the lobby between the front and back parlours. A note on the drawing says that the alterations were made by Lord Buckingham as a proposal for a strong closet. The two rooms to the rear of the banking house are to be omitted and the room labelled 'C' at the back of the property is to be made square. Also noted on this drawing is a list of contractors.



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