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  • image SM Vol 49/8

Reference number

SM Vol 49/8


[37] Preliminary survey, Court of Common Pleas, c 1822


Plan of the eastern half of the passage leading from St Margaret's Street to the Court of Common Pleas, and section of the passage leading from St Margaret's Street to Westminster Hall, between the two coffee houses


not to scale


Level of / W[estminste]r Hall / Level of Exchequer Passage / Level of Pavement / between Dund's / & Exchequer Coffee House dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • c 1822
    dated in accordance with known survey campaign

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, on wove paper bound in volume (275 x 212)


Soane Office, draughtsman


The plan covers two adjacent leaves and is numbered as two sheet (SM Vol 49/8 and SM Vol 49/9). For ease and consistency of reference it is catalogued here as two sheets. This drawing and those on the adjacent leaf (drawing SM Vol 49/9) record the numerous changes in levels in the buildings to the south of Wesminster Hall, also recorded in drawing SM 37/1/7. Mr Dund was the owner of Oliver's Coffee House under the Court of Exchequer, whereas Mrs Fendall was the owner of the Exchequer Coffee Room at the time of the survey (see SM 37/3/5 and SM 37/3/6).



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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