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Reference number

SM 53/3/57


[387] Revised design, Court of King's Bench, 13 April 1824


Plan of the main (ground) floor of the New Law Courts, with the original groundplan to New Palace Yard shown (in grey) and proposed reductions in the building's footprint and revisions to ancillary accommodation indicated (in pink), with an octagonal corner turret, unexecuted


to a scale


Copy / Attorneys / The Court of King’s Bench / 40 feet by 20 feet / Tribunal / Remark Mr. S[oane]’s Court is 36 by 30 / Entrance / for / Counsel & / Juries / The Exche[quer] / Passage / The Lord. C[hief]. Justice / of the K[ing’s]. B[ench]’s / Retiring Room / 20 feet by 17 feet / The Court of Equity / Attendants on / The Lord Chief Justice / Hall of / Entrance / for My Lords the Judges / 17 feet Diam[ete]r. / The Door to / The Street / This Staircase / would be better / lighted by a / Window here / Remark / A. Porch with / another public / Entrance might / be made here if / necessary_ / The Bail Court / 30 feet long by 18 feet / Remark Mr. S[oane]'s. Court is 21 by 27 / N[ota]. B[ene]. The width may be increased to / 20 feet or even to 25ft. by allowing a / Passage thro’[ugh] one end of it as in / Mr. S[oane].s Plan.

Signed and dated

  • 13/04/1824
    April. 13. 1824.

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, wash, pink wash, pen, red pen, pricked for transfer on wove paper (242 x 377)


The drawing bears numerous annotations and Remarks in a miniscule, neat hand which does not appear to be associated with the Soane Office. The annotations compare the proposed reductions in accommodation to those originally executed by Soane (referred to as Mr. S.). The sheet has been tightly cropped along its right and upper edges, presumably to preserve the only part of the plan which was effected by these proposals.



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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