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image SM 89/3/64

Reference number

SM 89/3/64


[62] Preliminary survey, Law Courts offices, c January 1822


Plan of the main (first) floor of the Court of Exchequer, with adjacent accommodation and offices between New Palace Yard and St Margaret's Street


not to scale


A B C D E F / 3 Windows, First Floor / A Serv[ant]s Hall adj[oinin]g G[rea]t Staircase of Ho[use] of Com[mon]s / B King's Bench Leasing Office / C Waiting Room / D Waiting Room for Officers in attendance on the / Lord Chief Justice of the Court of King's Bench / E Handmaid's Closet / F Water Closet / G Lord Cheif Justice's Room of the Court / of King's Bench dimensions given (verso) External Heights / Room in Excheq[ue]r Coff[ee] Ho:[use] / Room [_] Stone Building - x √ / Gallery at end of Co.[urt] of Excheq[ue]r. O / Room over Olivers Coffee Ho[use] at the Corner & shut up / Attics over Gallery of the Xchequer dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • c 01/1822
    dated in accordance with known building campaign

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, on laid paper (359 x 249)


Soane Office, draughtsman


see separate entry for SM 89/3/64v


Horned crown above escutcheon with fleur de lys and monogram


In the inscription, the accompanying legend does not relate to the adjacent plan, as the accommodation and offices described lie within the southern and south-eastern extent of the east range.



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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