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SM 53/2/73


[181] Revised design, New Law Courts, 30 October 1822


Plan of the main (ground) floor of the New Law Courts, showing the area between Westminster Hall, the eastern range of The Stone Building and the central block of the latter, including the Vice-Chancellor's Court, the Court of Chancery, and the accommodation for the Lord Chancellor, with elevation detail of floor levels, not as executed


bar scale of 1/4 inch to 1 foot


Design for part of the New Law Courts at Westminster. / Scale of Feet / The Vice-Chancellor's Court / Attendants on / the Vice-Chancellor. / The Vice-Chancellor's / Retiring Room. / Barristers. / Room. / The Court of Chancery. / The Lord Chancellor's / Robing Room &c. / Attendants on the / Lord Chancellor. / Water / Closet (x 2) / Law Library. / Court Keeper / Masters / in Chancery / [_] Floor of W[estminster] Hall dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 30/10/1822
    30th. Oct[obe]r. 1822.

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, wash, coloured washes of pink and blue, pen, pink pen, pricked for transfer on wove paper (727 x 525)


Soane Office, draughtsman


Faint pencil sketches of plan.


Smith & Allnutt / 1817


The corridor running along the south side of the Lord Chancellor's accommodation is shown with four windows, rather than a colonnade, and its turn through a right angle at the junction with the Court Keeper's room has been sketched in pen. The passageway linking the rear of the central block of The Stone Building was erroneously washed in blue, which has subsequently been erased. There is a small sketch of a portal from Westminster Hall, recording the change in floor levels.



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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