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Reference number

SM 53/7/1


[22] Survey, Westminster Hall, c 1823


Plan of the south end of Westminster Hall, showing the arrangements of stairway passages and ancillary rooms


bar scale of 1/4 inch to 1 foot


Passage Leading to Cotton Garden / Passage Leading to the House of / Commons - / Ushers Room. / Counsels Robing Room. / Westminster Hall / (pencil) The Celar / A (x 2) / Ushers (verso, pencil) New Court / Design for the Court of / Kings Bench / [Mars Seeteen?]

Signed and dated

  • c 1823
    dated in accordance with known building campaign

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, wash, pen, pricked for transfer on wove paper (459 x 358)


Soane Office, draughtsman


The diagonal outer wall of the Ushers Room has been erased and redrawn in a different location. The plan records the ancillary spaces behind the south wall of Westminster Hall, which were used by the Courts of King's Bench and Chancery during legal sessions. Curatorial annotations date the sheets in this set to 1823 (SM 53/7/1 - 3), which is plausible given the pevalence of entries for work on the New Law Courts that year. The Ushers Room was later demolished and the remaining space opened to form the Outer Lobby for the House of Commons (see SM 53/1/28).



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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