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Reference number

SM 53/3/14

Purpose

[437] Record drawing, Court of King's Bench, April 1825

Aspect

Plan of the main (ground) floor of the Court of King's Bench and adjacent offices, with the entrances from St Margaret's Street and Westminster Hall, as executed, with proposed two-storey accommodation in the angle between Westminster Hall and the Court of King's Bench, unexecuted

Scale

bar scale of 1/5 inch to 1 foot

Inscribed

Plan of part of the New Law Courts at Westminster. / Lincolns Inn Fields. / Area. / Entrance. / The Bail Court / The Court of Equity. / The Court of Kings Bench / The Judges Offices. / The Judges Room. / Lobby / Part of the Court of / Exchequer / Part of Westminster Hall. / Room for the Defendants / Counsel, Solicitors, Witnesses, &c. / Room over for Plaintiffs / Counsel, Solicitors, Witnesses, &c. / Staircase (x 2) / Swing Door (x 2) / Tribunal. (x 2).

Signed and dated

April. 1825.

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, wash, coloured washes of pink and blue, pen, pricked for transfer on wove paper (515 x 730)

Hand

Soane Office, draughtsman

Verso

Rough plan in pencil.

Watermark

Smith & Allnutt / 1820

Notes

There are erasures to the inner east wall of the Court of King's Bench, which is here represented as screened (with dashed lines). The arch giving access from Westminster Hall to the Bail Court, (the second from the left) was never broken through (see SM 53/1/28). The focus of this drawing is upon providing additional accommodation against the linking range between the Court of King's Bench and Westminster Hall. This was displaced and lost following the Select Committee's insistence that the New Palace Yard façade be pushed back.

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Drawing

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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