not to scale
Court of Common Pleas / The / Judges Room / BENCH / The Court, Passage leading into Westminster Hall / [pointing hand] / A / The Serjeants Room. / These two were / only half Closets. / No depth in the / shaded parts. / Watercloset / A concealed / Bed / Leading to the Upper - / Rooms / B / Sky-light / Water / closet / The Judges Clerks Room., C, Used by Mr. Lewis, / as a general / Family Room. / D / Used as a / Bedroom / E / Used as a Kitchen / and Servants / sleeping Room. / A Sketch of a Plan and Elevation of / the Apartments occupied by the Custos / Brevium in the Year 1821. / All the Presses are 20 Inches deap. / The Rooms D and E are immediately / over the Judges Room, and square with / it. / numbering sequence 1 - 66.
Signed and dated
dated in accordance with SM 37/3/11A.
Medium and dimensions
Pen, on wove paper (572 x 481)
This is not in a Soane office hand.
J Whatman / Turkey Mill / 1821
This was one of two plans enclosed with, and referred to in, Humphreys's letter to Soane of 24 October 1824. In the inscription, the numbering sequence 1 - 66 denotes presses for storing Common Pleas records, and runs consecutively across all three fold-out plans. The hand corresponds with Humphreys's letter (SM 37/3/11A). Given its highly diagramatic nature, this plan would have been of little architectural value to Soane. As naïve as this plan is it does demonstrate the responses to Soane's initial enquiries regarding existing plans amongst the separate officials of the Law Courts.
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