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SM (1) 9/4/8 (2) 9/4/9 (3) volume 46/14


Survey drawings of east wing, 1813 (2)


1 Plan of Rotunda, adjoining offices and vestibules 2 Plan, unfinished copy of drawing 1 3 Rough plan of vestibule from Threadneedle Street courtyard to Rotunda


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1 Vestibule (twice), Five pr Cent Office, 4 pr Cent Office, Rotunda, Treasury, Strong Room, (Bailey) The Bank of England, dimensions and (pencil) calculation given 2 5 pr Cent Office, Four per Cent Office, (Bailey) The Bank of England 3 dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • (1-2) (Bailey) 1813 (3) datable to 1815


Soane office


The main entrance to the Rotunda had previously been from the Bartholomew Lane vestibule on the east side. The vestibule on the west side between the Rotunda and the Threadneedle Street courtyard was less frequently used. Both had been designed by Robert Taylor in the 1760s; the Threadneedle vestibule was altered by Soane in 1791. These drawings are surveys of the existing vestibule, showing the design executed in 1791. Soane had narrowed the vestibule by inserting three small offices on the east side.

Drawing 3 is drawn in a sketchbook dated 1815-16. It seems to be a survey drawing of the vestibule as existing pre-1814, however, it is drawn later than the other survey drawings. Compared with drawing 1 it is possible to identify the four columns, fireplace, entrance into Pay Hall and the small offices on the east side of the original vestibule. It is a rough plan but fully dimensioned. It is perhaps a copy of a more formal drawing and was most probably used for reference on site during the construction of the new Treasury. The northern end of the plan is more detailed than the southern end.

For further plans of the original rectangular vestibule entering the Rotunda at the north east corner see drawings 1-3 in sub-scheme 5. 'Alterations to the Rotunda vestibule', 1791' within phase 1. '1788-1792...' (SM 9/4/1 & volume 75/22-23).



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