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  • image SM 53/3/53

Reference number

SM 53/3/53


[384] Alternative design, New Law Courts, 11 April 1824


Plan of Westminster Hall and the main (ground) floor of the New Law Courts, with the original groundplan to New Palace yard shown (in grey) and porposed reductions in the building's footprint indicated (in pink), unexecuted


bar scale of 1/10 inch to 1 foot


Sketch of a Design for the Alteration of the New Law Courts made to meet the ideas / of A Select Committee of the House of Commons appointed 23rd. March 1824. / Scale of Feet / ATTENDANTS / ON LORD / CHIEF IVSTICE / CORRIDOR / COVRT OF KING’S BENCH / COVRT OF COMMON / PLEAS / LORD CHIEF / IVSTICE’S RETIRING / ROOM / IVDGE’S RETIRING / ROOM. / COVRT OF EXCHEQVER. / BAIL COVRT. / AREA / COVRT OF EQITY. / LORD CHIEF / BARON’S / ROOM / ATTEDANTS / ON THE / CHIEF BARON

Signed and dated

  • 11/04/1824
    11th. April / 1824

Medium and dimensions

Pen, wash, coloured washes of pink and blue, pricked for transfer on wove paper (291 x 358)


Soane Office, draughtsman


Most notably in this proposal, the entrance to the Court of King's Bench in the pavilion tower of The Stone Building on St Margaret's Street has been completely reconfigured to house the Court of Equity. An alternative proposal for this radically reduced scheme is shown on SM 53/3/54.



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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