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Reference number

SM 53/3/60


[373] Alternative design, New Law Courts, 1 April 1824


Plan of the main (ground) floor of the New Law Courts, with the original groundplan to New Palace Yard shown (in unwashed outline) and proposed reductions in the building's footprint and revisions to ancillary accommodation indicated (in pink), with preliminary revisions to the New Palace Yard façade (in pencil), unexecuted


bar scale of 1/4 inch to 1 foot


Outline of a Plan for Altering the New Courts / agreeably to the directions of a Select Committee / of the House of Commons. / 25th. March. 1824. / Design No. 2. / No. 2 / Bail Court / Corridor. / Court of King’s Bench. / Court of Common Pleas / WaterCloset / Attendants / on the / Lord Chief Justice. / Lord Chief Justice’s / Retiring Room / The Court of Exchequer. / The Court of Equity. / Judge’s Retiring Room / Recess for / the / Court Keeper / Area. / Staircase / Scale of Feet / (pencil) [_] Mr. Bankes Sen[io]r / Octagon at 7 feet Messrs. Bankes / Williamson & / Sir C[harles] Long / Square Tower [_] / Sir Ch[arles] Long / Col. Trench / Mr. W[illiam]. Bankes like [_] my plan [_] dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 01/04/1824
    Lincolns Inn Fields / 1st. April. 1824

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen, wash, coloured washes of buff, blue and pink, within triple ruled border pricked for transfer on wove paper (782 x 569)


Soane Office, draughtsman


see separate entry for SM 53/3/60v


J Whatman


This drawing records the discussions with the Select Committee with regard to the maximum encroachment of the New Law Courts towards New Palace Yard. A diagonal line from the pavilion tower of the Stone Building to Westminster Hall is clearly labelled Mr. Banks Sen[ior]r, though subsequently a more generous perimeter line appears to have been reached, with discussion focusing upon the plan of a corner turret.



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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