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SM (14) 9/4/42


Design for altering the Pay Hall and adjacent offices, January 1807 (3)


14 Design No 1 / Principal Story


(14) bar scale


14 as above, The Plan of the principal story, The Bank of England, Bullion Court, Upper part / of Bullion / Office, Discount Office, Coffee Room, Vestibule, Court Room, Lobby, Desk (twice), For the Public, Treasury (twice), Pay Hall, Partition 7'6" high, Solicitor, Wills & Powers, Passage (four times), Rotunda and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • (14) Lincolns Inn Fields Janry14 1807


Soane office


(14) J Ruse 1800


Drawing 14, as with drawings 6 to 13, is a variant design for altering offices near the Bank's entrance, including the Front Court, the south transfer office and the Rotunda vestibule. See drawings 7 and 8 in phase 3:14 for basement plans that correspond with drawing 14.

In December 1806 it was reported to Soane that the Bank needed more space for the Will and Powers Office, which has been included on drawing 14.



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