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  • image SM Vol 49/41

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SM Vol 49/41


[200] Preliminary survey on completion, Lord Chancellor's Robing Room, c 1824


Plan of the main (ground) floor of the New Law Courts, showing the corridor between the Lord Chancellor's Attendants' Room and the Lord Chancellor's Room, with details plan and elevation of a skylight, as executed


to a scale


2 Steps to Mr. Ley's House - 10", Height of Servants Hall 14.1, Mr. Lees - 8", Lord Chancellors / Attendants Room, Lord Chancellors / Room, W[estminste]r. Hall, John Bunney / 33 Charles [Street] / West[minste]r. dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • c 1824
    dated in accordance with known survey campaign

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, on wove paper bound in volume (210 x 275)


Soane Office, draughtsman


This sheet covers the south-east corner of the New Law Courts. As finally realised, the Lord Chancellor's Attendants' Room became the Barristers' Robing Room; its intended function being transferred to the room immediately to the west of the Lord Chancellor's. The details of canopy arches and skylight may be associated with the natural lighting provisions for these rooms. In the inscription, Mr. Ley's House is the residence of John Henry Ley, Clerk of the House of Commons from October 1820 - 1850. The relevance, if any, of the address for John Bunney has not been ascertained.



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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