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  • image SM 37/3/14

Reference number

SM 37/3/14


[72] Survey, Courts of Exchequer and Equity, 9 September 1822


Plan at main (first) floor level of the Court of Exchequer, the Court of Equity and ancillary rooms against the north-west corner of Westminster Hall


bar scale of 1/18 inch to 1 foot


First Floor Plan of the Common Pleas and Exchequer Offices &ca / Tower / and / Staircase / of / Westminster / Hall / This part pulled / down / Court of Equity / New Palace Yard / Court of Exchequer / Barons / Room / Yard / attached to the / Court of Coffee / House. / Ushers Room / Staircase / to Attics / Area / Lead Flat / Yard / Record Room (x 4) / Saint Margaret Street dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 09/09/1822
    September 9th 1822.

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, wash, blue wash, pen, on laid paper (490 x 305)


John William Hiort (1772 - 1861), draughtsman
The Day Book entry for 9 September 1822 notes that Hiort was working on Courts of Law / about Plans &c.


William Weatherley


This drawing is in the same hand as SM 37/3/19. It appears to be misinscribed, as it shows only the north and west walls of the Court of Common Pleas at the extreme right of the area shown.



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