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SM 37/3/27


[21] Record drawing, Court of King's Bench and Court of Chancery, Westminster Hall, 25 July 1823


Plan of the Court of King's Bench and the Court of Chancery, with furnishings, as accommodated at the south end of Westminster Hall


bar scale of 1/5 inch to 1 foot


Plan of the Court of Chancery and / the Court of King's Bench - Copied / from a Plan in the possession of Mr. Crocker / 1 2 3 4 5 6 / (pencil) King's Bench / Chancery / Green (x 2) dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 25/07/2017
    25th. July 1823

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, coloured washes of orange, yellow, green, pen, pricked for transfer on wove paper (524 x 330)


Soane Office, draughtsman


The dimensions of the respective Courts (29' 0" x 28' 6") have been added by another hand and diagonal subdivisions to the Court of King's Bench are sketched in. The benches in this Court have been numbered, and the partition walls between the Courts hatched in pencil. In the inscription, Mr. Crocker is either Edward Crocker II or Edward Crocker III. The latter was Labourer in Trust for Whitehall and the King's Mews (1815 - 1829). His father, Edward Crocker II (c 1757 - 1836), began as a writing clerk in the Office of Works (by 1782) and following a series of promotions served as Clerk of Works for Whitehall and Westminster (1818 - 1829). He was briefly Clerk of Works for the Speaker's House and Exchequer Offices in 1811. As the inscription implies, this drawing is a copy of one in the Office of Work's possession.



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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