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image SM Vol 49/40

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SM Vol 49/40


[40] Preliminary survey annotations, c September 1822


Elevation of a segmental arched window opening at basement level, set with voussoirs in channelled ashlars with a metalwork grill; details of the grill and miscellaneous plan


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Level of the Windows & Doors at the back / of the Judges Retiring Room Co[ur]t. of Com[mon] Pleas, Levels of the Tribunal / in the Courts of Equity / and Exchequer. / Try a line from the Back Front of the / Stone Building to the Court of Exchequer. / Basement of Staircases in Stone Building / 11: 6 at the back of Common Pleas. / Try some dimensions from Westm[inste]r Hall Wall / backs of Buildings where cleared away

Signed and dated

  • c September 1822
    dated in accordance with known survery campaign

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, on wove paper bound in volume (210 x 273)


Soane Office, draughtsman


This sheet is of interest due to the annotations which record the salient features of the previous building, which were referenced to compile the survey. The annotations appear to relate to the preceeding sheets of preliminary survey drawings in the front of this volume, datable to September 1822. The arched opening is unlike those on the basement level of The Stone Building (see SM 37/1/5) and must relate to a different project.



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