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  • image SM 37/3/3

Reference number

SM 37/3/3


[42] Survey, Law Courts offices, 4 September 1822


Plan of basement level accommodation adjacent to the west wall of Westminster Hall


bar scale of 1/8 inch to 1 foot


Basement Plan of the Offices / of the Courts of Law Westminster / Sold by Auction. Sep. 3d. 1822. / and pulled down. / Passage / Scullery / Mr. Lee / Serv[ant]’s Hall / Mr. Lee / Clerk in Parl[iamen]t. / Larder / Mr. Lee / Yard in the occupation / of Mr. Lea.- / Passage leading into / Westminster Hall / Yard in the occupation of Mr. Hewett / Wash house / Mr. Hewett / of the / King’s Bench / Record Office / Passage / Wine Cellar / Mr. Lee / Westminster Hall / Water /Closet (x 2) / Passage / Wine Cellar / Mr. Hewett / Yard attached to the Court of / Common Pleas / Yard belonging / to the Court of / King’s Bench / Coal Cellar / Mr. Hewett / Passage / Wine Cellar / Mr. Bellamy / Wine Cellar / Mr. Bellamy / BB (x 2) / CC / Lamplighter / Mr. Lee / Mr. Hewett / Mr Hewett / Mr Bellamy / Mr. Hewett, of the Kings / Bench Record Office dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 04/09/1822
    September 4th. 1822.

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, wash, pen, on wove paper (534 x 339)


Sir John Soane (1753 - 1837), architect
This drawing is annotated in Soane's hand.
John William Hiort (1772 - 1861), draughtsman
The Day Book entry for 4 September 1822 notes that John Hiort was at the Courts of Law / Taking Plans & Sections.


This drawing is one of a series of survey drawings undertaken in early September 1822 in conjunction with the auctioning of the existing buildings for their materials. This area shown here is immediately adjacent to the three southernmost bays of Westminster Hall. It is bordered to the north by the Court of Commons Pleas, and to the south by the House of Commons vestibule. In the inscription the section line BB was mis-labelled and by comparison to SM 37/3/2 should read AA. The corresponding sections are shown on SM 37/3/9. There are preliminary revisions (in pencil) to one of the buttresses and the rooms occupied by the Palace’s lamplighter.



Digitisation of the Drawings Collection has been made possible through the generosity of the Leon Levy Foundation. This catalogue of Soane’s designs for the New Law Courts was generously funded by The Worshipful Company of Mercers and The Pilgrim Trust.

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