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SM 53/2/77


[178] Revised design, New Law Courts, 13 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, the accommodation for the Lord Chancellor, not as executed


bar scale of 1/5 inch to 1 foot


Design for part of the New Law Courts at Westminster. / Scale of Foot / Part of Westminster Hall. / The Vice-Chancellor's Court / Antiroom / for the / Attendants / Robing Room / for the / Vice Chancellor / 20 Oct[ober]: 1822 / Water Clos[e]t. ( x 3) / The Grand Jury / rooms / Entrance into / the Vice chancellors Court / & the Court of / Coomn / pleas / The Court of Chancery. / Retiring Room / for the / Lord Chancellor. / Attendants on the / Lord Chancellor. / Law Library / Entrance to the / Kings Bench Records / and the / Grand Jury Rooms / Entrance / Hall / Lord Chancellor / Entrance into / the High Court / of Chancery / Steps leading to the House of Commons / Room for the Barristers. / Court of Chancery. / Steps from Cellar / The paved passage leading into the K[ing's]. Bench / Record office is 4 feet above the present / floor of Westminster Hall / The Hall in Mr Ley's House is also four feet above the / present floor of Wesminster Hall / New Courts are to be all on the same level & to be / 2: 6 above the level of Westminster Hall / The Tribunals are all to be three feet higher / than the respective Courts, [_] 5: 6 above / the level of the floor of Westminster Hall dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 13/10/1822
    Lincolns Inn Fields / 13 Oct[obe]r. 1822

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, wash, coloured washes of pink and blue, pen, within partial double ruled border pricked for transfer on wove paper (912 x 648)


Sir John Soane (1753 - 1837), architect
This drawing has been annotated in Soane's hand.
Soane Office, draughtsman


J Whatman / 1821


In this drawing the semicircular Robing Room adjoining the Vice Chancellor's Court has been erased and redrawn (in pen) as a rectangle. This alteration appears to have been made on 20 October 1822, given the inscribed date on this area of the drawing. The ceilings of the Lord Chancellor's Robing Room and the adjoining room for his attendants are shown.


Sawyer, 1999: p 530, footnote 1563



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