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image SM 37/1/7

Reference number

SM 37/1/7


[45] Survey, Court of Common Pleas and The Stone Building, 19 September 1822


Sections of the main (first) floor levels in the Court of Commons Pleas, Westminster Hall and The Stone Building, with differences in levels and flights of stairs, with detail elevations of two doorways


bar scale of 1/5 inch to 1 foot.


Levels of Court of Common Pleas &c. / Level of Westminster Hall / Level of Court of Common Pleas / Court of Common Pleas / Wall line / Exchequer Passage / Street Entrance / Common Pleas / Street Entrance / Pavement in West[minste]r. Hall / Passage at the side of the Court of Common Pleas / Pavement in Passage of Stone Building / Street Pavement dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 19/09/1822
    Sept[embe]r. 19. 1822

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen, grey pen, on wove paper (574 x 344)


Hiort, John William (1772--1861), draughtsman
The Day Book entry for 19 September 1822 notes that John Hiort was at the Courts of Law / Taking Plans at / Westminster.


This survey is a valuable compilation of the different floor levels throughout the Law Court range. An arched undercroft is sketched beneath the Court of Common Pleas, and the street entrance to this Court from The Stone Building is shown with rusticated masonry, voussoirs and dropped keystone. This latter detail may have been copied from SM Vol 49/8. The street entrance for the Exchequer Passage is shown with pointed arch.



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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