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image SM 53/6/3

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SM 53/6/3


[488] Design, Duchy Court of Lancaster, 12 February 1829


Plan of the attic floor of the Duchy Court of Lancaster and anxiliary offices, located on the east side of Westminster Hall, showing skylights and muniment presses, unexecuted


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Plan of the Attics. / (Duchy Court of Lancaster &c. / Presses

Signed and dated

  • 12/02/1829
    12th. Feb[ruar]y. 1829.

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, coloured washes of ochre, blue and pink, pen, pricked for transfer on wove paper (459 x 287)


Sir John Soane (1753 - 1837), architect
Possibly George Bailey (1792 - 1860), draughtsman
The Day Book entry for 12 February 1829 notes that George Bailey was About Drawings of the Duchy Court / of Lancaster, Record Offices &c.
Possibly Charles James Richardson (1806 - 1871), draughtsman
The Day Book entry for 12 February 1829 notes that Charles Richardson was About small general plans of / the New Law Courts and Duchy of / Lancaster's Office.




This drawing is annotated in Soane's hand. This plan appears to propose the use of the building's attic space as a record store, with presses positioned around the walls indicated in ochre wash. The skylights are also shown in blue. There is a calculation, apparently regarding the storage capacity of this proposal in the left-hand margin.



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