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SM 53/3/58


[385] First design, Westminster Hall and the New Law Courts, 9 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 proposed reductions in the building's footprint and revisions to ancillary accommodation indicated (in pink), with an octagonal corner turret, unexecuted


bar scale of 1/10 inch to 1 foot


Plan of the New Courts at Westminster altered / agreeably to the directions of the Select Committee / 25th. Match 1824 / No. 1 (x 2) / Select Com[mittee]. / 12 April. No. 3 / 20 March / 5 / 12 / ·WESTMINSTER·HALL· / ·COVRT·OF· / COMMON·PLEAS· / ·THE ·IVDGES·RETIRING / ·ROOM· / WATER. / CLOSET. (x 2) / ·AREA· (x 2) / CORRIDOR. (x 2) / ·COVRT·OF·KINGS·BENCH· / ·BAIL·COVRT· /·ATTENDANTS-/ ON·THE· / LORD·CHIEF·BARON· / ·LORD·CHIEF·BARON’S· / ·RETIRING·ROOM· / ATTENDANTS ON· / THE·LORD·CHIEF·IVSTICE· / ·LOBBY· / ·LORD·CHIEF·IVSTICE’S. / ·RETIRING·ROOM· / ·COVRT·OF· / EXCHEQUER· / ·COVRT·OF·EQVITY· dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 09/04/1824
    John Soane Arc[hitec]t / Lincolns. Inn. Fields. / 9th. April. 1824.

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen, grey pen, wash, coloured washes of buff, pink and blue, within triple ruled wash border pricked for transfer on wove paper (558 x 443)


Sir John Soane (1753 - 1837), architect
Soane Office, draughtsman


Weatherley & Lane / 1818


This drawing is annotated in Soane's hand. As a proposal, it offers a variant treatment accommodating the radical reduction of the New Law Court's footprint to New Palace Yard. The junction between the façade to the latter and the pavilion tower of the Stone Building is handled by a polygonal turret, which recalls that belonging to the Elizabethan Exchequer range on this site, demolished in 1823. Originally this was drawn with a square groundplan, but erased and made octagonal during the drawing process.



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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