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SM 53/1/1


[255] Survey, New Law Courts, 1824


Plan of the perimeter of the northern range of the New Law Courts, bordered by Westminster Hall, The Stone Building, St Margaret's Street and New Palace Yard, with survey lines to various corners (in dashed line)


bar scale of 1/6 inch to 1 foot


Plan of the Site of the Court of King's Bench, Court of Exchequer, Bail Court &c: dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 1824

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen, wash, pricked for transfer on wove paper (738 x 521)


Soane Office, draughtsman


The survey measurements across the site were taken from the north-west corner of the central block of The Stone Building and the south-west corner of the pavilion tower on the latter building's northern flank. They relate to the corners of The Stone Building's central flank prior to Soane's additions, and the northernmost buttress and north-west tower stairturret of Westminster Hall.



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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