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SM (7) 1/2/14 (8) 1/2/12 (9) 1/2/13


Survey drawings of Taylor's south or south-east Transfer Office, one dated 8 December 1817 (3)


7 Plan 8 Plan and laid out sections 9 Roof plan and laid out sections


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7 Plan of the £4 P. cent Office, The Bank, The whole of the room / was paved underneath / the floor with york stone / 2 Inches thick / The ground was very loose / and rather damp, none of these beams were raised above the pavement, and / were very much rotted on the under part, girder (twice), This dimension is to the solid wall 6'4:5½", wall plate, Water / Pipe (twice), brick foundation under the stove, To the wall, flue,78'.9" to the Plaster, 46':0" to the wall, (pencil) to the solid wall, 65':1" to the wall and some dimensions given 8 Plan and Sections shewing the mode of Construction / adopted by Sir Robert Taylor in the offices in the South East / angle of the building and The Bank of England 9 The Bank of England and Plan & Sections shewing the method of Construction / of the Roofs of the Offices at the South East angle, / by Sir Robert Taylor

Signed and dated

  • (7) Taken Decr. 8th. 1817 (8-9) datable to c. December 1817


Soane office


Drawing 7 shows part of the timber floor structure and includes a plan of the heating system which originates under the central stove. On 23 May 1790 the Building Commitee minutes show that Soane was asked to had requested that Soane install two new stoves in the 3 per cent Consols Annuities Offices (as the south and south-east corner offices were then called). Separate water pipes are also shown - two vertical water pipes are shown at the two longitudinal walls - which must have heated the upper parts of the hall. The inscriptions also indicate the poor condition of the timber structure - one of the reasons for Soane's re-design of these offices.

Drawing 8 again shows the timber floor structure and two sections indicate where the girders and beams, shown on the plan, meet the wall elevations - between the arched foundations and the surface flooring. The sections also show the construction method of the roof - wooden columns support segmental arches which in turn support a central dome, with vertical timbers providing additional support within it.

Drawing 9 shows the timber construction of Taylor's south-east Transfer Office's roof. Twenty circles surrounding the outside edges of the plan and three in the centre represent the old lanterns. The roof plan indicates a flat-topped hipped roof. The two sections show the structure of the domed lantern and the ceiling segmental arches with straight joists from pier to roof girder. A light lath and plaster vault was added to the truss roof.



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