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SM 53/1/26


[167] Record drawing, New Law Courts, c 1824-29


Plan of the main floor of the New Law Courts, recording the disposition of the Court of King's Bench, its furnishings and anciliary accommodation as originally commenced, with indications of the extent of the previous buildings facing New Palace Yard (in red pen), with revisions to the furnishings of the Court of King's Bench and alternative square corners to the latter in pencil), as part executed


bar scale of 1/10 inch to 1 foot


Scale of Feet / WESTMINSTER HALL / KEEPER·OF·THE·HIGH / COURT·OF·CHANCERY· / COUNSEL'S RETIRING / ROOM / Entrance into the / Court of Kings Bench / KEEPER·OF·THE·HIGH / COURT·OF·CHANCERY· / ENTRANCE·FROM·WEST[MINSTER]·HALL· / INTO·THE·COURT·OF· / KINGS·BENCH· / THE BAIL COURT / Line of the Buildings erected / in the Reign of Queen Elizabeth / ·JURY·IN·WAITING· / ·COUNSEL· (x 2) / LOBBY (x 2) / Gate (x 2) / Steps (x 2) / Old Tower / Students / Seat (x 3) / KINGS. COUNSEL / jury / Judges Clerks &. / Tribunal / PASSAGE·TO·BAIL·COURT· / ·THE·JUDGES·ROOM· / ATTENDANT’S ON / THE·JUDGES· / Staircase (x 3) / THE COURT OF EXCHEQUER / ·COURT·KEEPER· / THE COURT OF EQUITY / AREA (x 6) / ·THE·BARON’S· / REIRING ROOM / HALL (x 2) / Water / Closet / Closet / Entrance into the / Court of Kings Bench &c / THE KING'S / REMEMBRANCER / Passage (x 2) / ATTENDANTS / ·ON·THE· / BARONS. / Entrance into the / Court of Exchequer &c / THE COURT / OF COMMON PLEAS / THE JUDGES / RETIRING ROOM / ·JUDGE’S·CLERK’S AND·SERGEANTS·CLERKS / THE VICE CHANCELLOR'S / COURT / ATTENDANTS ON / THE VICE CHANCELLOR / THE VICE CHANCELLORS / RETIRING ROOM / SERJEANTS / ROOM / Entrance into the / Vice Chancellors / Court & the / Court of Common Pleas. / THE HIGH COURT OF CHANCERY / THE LORD CHANCELLORS / ROBING ROOM / ATTENDANTS ON THE / LORD CHANCELLOR / GRAND INQUEST JURY / Entrance into / the Court of / Chancery. &c. / ROBING / ROOM / Passage to the Houses of Lords / and Commons / ROOM FOR / STAMPER· / ROOM·FOR·THE. / MASTERS IN·CHANCERY / AND·FOR·A·LIBRARY·FOR / THE·TWO·COURTS·OF CHANCERY / Entrance into the / Court of Chancery / for the Lord Chancellor

Signed and dated

  • c 1824-29
    dated in accordance with the known building campaign

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, wash, coloured washes including yellow, buff, pink and blue and pen with red pen within hextuple ruled wash border pricked for transfer on wove paper (914 x 638)


Soane Office


J Whatman / 1822


The anciliary accommodation around the Court of King's Bench shows evidence of erasure and redrawing. To the lower left is a pencil sketch for a variant treatment of the latter Court's north façade, indicating a projecting square corner. There are also pencil sketches over the Court itself, offering a variant arrangement of its furnishings, and a starfish ceiling over the adjacent entrance from St Margaret's Street.



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