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Reference number

SM Vol 54/19


[27] Survey, Westminster Hall, May 1824


Plans of the north façade of Westminster Hall and the north-west corner tower, adjoining the New Law Courts,


to a rough scale


Westminster Hall / Mr Cook's dimensions dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 01/05/1824 - 31/05/1824
    May 1824

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, wash, pink wash, pen, on wove paper bound in volume (212 x 280)


Soane Office, draughtsman


J Whatman / 1823


The right-hand side of the lower plan runs over the gutter onto SM Vol 54/20. The lower plan gives slightly different dimensions to the upper. This appears to have been prepared in response to the Select Committee's concern over the junction between the north façade of Westminster Hall (coloured black in the upper plan) with Soane's New Law Courts (shaded pink in the latter plan). In the inscription Mr Cook is presumably the Labourer in Trust who prepared two reports for Soane upon alterations to the Court of Chancery in September 1826 (SM N.L.C., 216; 218). However, the History of the King's Works affirms that the Labourer in Trust for the Palace of Westminster at this date, from 1815 - 1832, was Adam Lee.



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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