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SM 89/3/48


[34] Preliminary survey, Law Courts offices, c 1820-22


Plan of the basement floor of offices and accommodation adjacent to the south wall of Westminster Hall, adjacent to the Court of Common Pleas


not to scale


Westm[inste]r. Hall / Yard / Area / A B C D E F G H I K dimensions given (verso) A Servants Hall / Mr Lee Clerk of Parl[iamen]t / B Scullery D[itt]o/ C Larder Do / D Mr Hewitts Kings Bench Record Office Wash house / E Passage leading to Grand Jury Room in W[estminste]r Hall / F Water Closet / G Mr Hewetts Coal Cellar / H Wine Cellar / Mr Bellamy / H D[itt]o (x 2) / I Yard belongs to Court of Kings Bench / K D to Court of Kings Bench dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • c 1820-22
    dated in accordance with known building campaign

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, on laid paper (387 x 251)


Soane Office, draughtsman


Legend for labels


J Bugden / 1818


This is a preliminary survey made on site, perhaps one of the drawings whose details were combined to produce the finely worked SM 53/1/9.



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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