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SM 37/3/37


[31] Survey, Duchy Court of Lancaster, c 1825


Plan of the main floor of the Duchy Court of Lancaster and the Auditor of the Exchequer offices, immediately adjacent to the north-eastern corner of Westminster Hall, as extant, with perimeter for a proposed new range on the same site (in pencil), unexecuted


bar scale of 1/8 inch to one foot


Plan of the One Pair Floor. / Exchequer / Bill Office / Tally Court / Commissioner's Room / Poles Department / or / Messangers Room / water / closet / Westminster Hall / Passage to Duchy Court. / Area / Mr Rickmans House / Duchy Court. / Passage to the / Speakers House dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 1825

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, wash, pen, on wove paper (562 x 545)


Soane Office, draughtsman


A perimeter plan (in pencil) is drawn over the pen and wash plan. This survey clearly indicates the early working out of a scheme to build a symmetrical wing to the north-east of Westminster Hall, to hold records. John Rickman was the Assistant Clerk of the House of Commons, whose residence was an appurtenance of his office.



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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