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  • image SM 53/2/43

Reference number

SM 53/2/43


[264] Record drawing, Court of Common Pleas, 21 November 1825


Plan of the main (ground) floor of the Court of Common Pleas, with ancillary accommodation and adjacent offices and designated entrances from Westminster Hall and the Stone Building, almost as executed


bar scale of 1/4 inch to 1 foot


New Law Courts. / Plan of the Court of Common Pleas. &c. / Scale of Feet. / Part of Westminster Hall. / Lobby. / Staircase / to Galleries / Part of the / Court of Exchequer. / The Court of Common Pleas. / Tribunal. / Gallery for Students. / Part of the Vice-Chancellors / Court. / The Judge’s Retiring Room. / Water / closet. (x 2) / Area. / Entrance into the Court of Common Pleas &c. from S[ain]t. Margarets Street. / S[ain]t. Margaret’s Street dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 21/11/1825
    21st. Nov[embe]r. 1825.

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, wash, coloured washes of blue and pink, pen, pricked for transfer on wove paper (521 x 720)


Mocatta, David Alfred (1806--1882), draughtsman
The Day Book entry for 21 November 1825 notes that David Mocatta was Drawing part of plan of the New Courts.


Smith & Allnutt / 1823


This plan shown in this drawing is duplicated in SM 53/2/42.



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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