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  • image SM 37/3/2

Reference number

SM 37/3/2


[41] Survey, Law Courts offices, 3 September 1822


Plan of the first-floor level of the Law Courts offices adjacent to Westminster Hall, showing the area between the staircase to the House of Commons’ vestibule (to south) and the Court of Common Pleas (to north)


bar scale of 1/8 inch to 1 foot


(First Floor) / Plan of part of the Offices / of the Courts of Law Westm[inste]r. / sold by Auction Sep[tember]. 3d. 1822 and pulled down / Principle / Staircase / of the / House of Commons / Servants / Hall / Yard / King's Bench / Treasury Office / Over this is Committee Room / No. 10 -- 31'.0" by 20'.0" - 12ft. high / Waiting Room / Passage / Water / Closet / Passage / Housemaid's / Closet / Water / Closet / Waiting Room / for / Officers in attendance / on the Lord Chief / Justice of the Court of / King's Bench / Lord Chief Justice / of the Court of King's / Bench / Serjeant / of the / Court of / Common Pleas / Record Room / over this of the / same / dimensions / Closet / Judge's Clerk / of the Court of / Common Pleas / Westminster Hall / (pen) BB / AA / CC /(red pen)No. 8 No. 11 No. 10 No. 10 No. 9 (pencil) House of / Commons / Staircase, Servants Waiting / room H[ouse] of Com[mons] / opend for sale / Mr. White / M /Temp[orary]. Part[ition] /N, Mr. Hedges / the same office / Mak[e] [_] in Centre of Buttress / K I G H E F D / Robing Room / Sale / Sale / [Case] / (pen annotations) H[ouse of] Com[mons]. / Sale / Mr. White / 6 Temp[orary] Part[ition] / Mr. Hedges / 7 for Rolling u[p] Records / 8 9 29 32 33

Signed and dated

  • 03/09/1822
    Sept[embe]r 3d 1822.

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, wash, pen, red pen, on wove paper (541 x 376)


Sir John Soane (1753 - 1837), architect
This drawing is annotated in Soane's hand.
Probably John William Hiort (1772 - 1861), draughtsman
attributed in accordance with SM 37/3/3


J Whatman / 1816


This is a a detailed survey of accommodation built up against the four south-western bays of Westminster Hall. In the inscription, the section lines AA, BB and CC correspond with the sections given on SM 37/3/9. As inscribed, this was originally produced in association with the auction of materials held on 3 September 1822, but has subsequently been used for other purposes; hence the overlapping series of annotations, which include numbering and lettering (from D - M), erasures to the original plan. Numbering in red suggests the division of the building into lots. Loose revisions in pencil and ink to the extremities of the plan, and faint encircling of the central section, imply reuse during the demolition following the auction.



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