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SM 64/1/10v


[356] Design, Court of King's Bench, c 1823


Plan of the northern part of the New Law Courts; the main (ground) floor of the Court of King’s Bench, the anteroom and adjacent passages, almost as executed


bar scale of 1/4 inch to 1 foot

Signed and dated

  • c 1823
    dated in accordance with known building campaign

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pricked for transfer on wove paper (732 x 526)


Soane Office, draughtsman


[Recto] Elevation and plan of an organ case set below a segmental arch.


This design records a penultimate arrangement for circulation around the Court of King’s Bench, prior to the intervention of the 1824 Select Committee. The area shown extends from Westminster Hall to the east, to the completed wing of The Stone Building on St Margaret's Street to the west. The vestibule staircase facing New Palace Yard was moved to the penultimate westernmost bay, thereby increasing the size of the King’s Bench Anteroom to three bays. The semi-circular staircase at the western end of the passage between the Courts of King’s Bench and Equity was omitted.



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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