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  • image SM Vol 49/9

Reference number

SM Vol 49/9


[44] Preliminary survey, Court of Common Pleas, 16 September 1822


Section through the main (first) floor of the Court of Common Pleas and Westminster Hall, with a section of flights of steps in the passage in The Stone Building


not to scale


W[estminste]r. Hall / Co[ur]t. of Common Pleas / Judges / Retiring / Room / Passage in Stone Bu[ildin]g / Pavement dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 16 September 1822
    dated in accordance with correspoding Day Books entry

Medium and dimensions

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


Attributed to Hiort, John William (1772--1861), draughtsman
The Day Book entry for 16 September 1822 notes that John Hiort was at the Courts of Law / Taking Plans and / Sections at West[minste]r.


The drawing cover two adjacent leaves and is numbered as two sheets (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 (SM Vol 49/8) record the numerous changes in levels in the buildings to the south of Westminster Hall, also recorded in SM 37/1/7.



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