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SM 53/3/17


[494] Record drawing, Court of King's Bench, 22-25 April 1829


Plan of the main (ground) floor of the Court of King's Bench, with adjacent offices and part of Westminster Hall, with ceiling details for the Court rooms, with affixed flyer, as originally executed


bar scale of 1/10 inch to 1 foot


Plan of the First Floor of the Court of Kings bench as designed. / Upper part of Westminster Hall / N[ota] B[ene]. The plan of the Attic is similar, lighted by Lanthorn windows (flyer) No 2./5 / Plan of the First Floor. / On this Floor are 8 Rooms .. / No. 1 .. about 27Ft.0 by 16.0} / 2 _ 12.0 by 10.0} / 3_ 21.0 by 18.0} / 4_ 22.0 by 12.0} / 5_33.0 by 12.0} / 6_9.0 by 12.0} / 7_ 20.0 by 15.0} / 8_ 10.0 by 11.0} / + On the Floor above this are likewise 8 Rooms / of similar dimensions, making together / 16 Rooms applicable as Barristers Robing & Consulting / Rooms, - Rooms for Attornies, Solicitors & their / Clients – Retiring Rooms for Juries and Jurors / in Waiting, Witnesses &c. / J[ohn]. S[oane]. Arch[itec]t. / March 1830

Signed and dated

  • 22/04/1829-25/04/1829
    sheet dated 25th" April 1829
    flyer dated March 1830

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, wash, pink wash, pen pricked for transfer on wove paper (497 x 355); flyer (317 x 77)


Sir John Soane (1753 - 1837), architect
Charles James Richardson (1806 - 1871), draughtsman
The Day Book entry for 22 April 1829 notes that Charles Richardson was About Plans of [the] Court / of Kings Bench.


Smith & Allnutt / 1827


This drawing is annotated in Soane's hand.



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