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image SM 37/3/13

Reference number

SM 37/3/13


[66] Survey, Court of Exchequer, 25 January 1822


Plan of the main floor of the Court of Exchequer, with furnishings


bar scale of 1/5 foot to 1 inch


Court of Exchequer at Westminster. / Scale of Feet. / desk (x 3) / Pri[soner']s Seat / Seat (x 21) / Table (x 3) / The part tinted red is / 5' : 0" higher than the floor / of the Court. / 1 2 3 4 / (pencil) A. Entrance for all officers belonging / to the King's Rememb[rancer] office / about 20 / B. An open space / D. The principal officer who attends the / Court to / take minutes of the proceeding[s] / C. Inf. officers etc. / E & F / G [_] / Table / 1. [?Counsel] [?occa]sionally / 2. ditto / 3. Officer belonging to the Court- / 4. Seat for [_] of the counsel [_] [?John] G[andy] / 5. Attorney Gen[eral] / 6. [?Judge] should be sufficient / to rear ab[out]. 17 [_] Counsel / when they [_] for Sheriffs / 7. Witness Box / 8. Waste space where the [_] of the Court / has [_] [_] the Judge [on the Bench] / 9. & 10 Spare seats for the Jury not [impannelled] / 10-11-12 Jury box, each part holds a [_] / 13. Lord Treasurer [_] - a person always/ attends [_] / [_] cannot sit without his [_] / 14. Table / 15. Spare Bench / 16. Desk for people to write on / occasionally / 17. Public seat for any one / 18. [_] [_] [_] dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 25/01/1822
    25th: Jan[uar]y 1822

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, wash, coloured washes of ochre, burnt sienna and red, pen, on wove paper pricked for transfer (538 x 377)


Sir John Soane (1753 - 1837), architect
This drawing is annotated in Soane's hand.
Arthur Patrick Mee (1802 - 1868), draughtsman
The Day Book entry for 25 January 1822 notes that Arthur Mee was Drawing plans of the / Courts at Westminster.


The inscriptions accompanying this plan provide additional information about the Court of Exchequer's furnishings and their use when this court is in session. Another version of the same plan occurs in SM 37/3/12.



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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