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  • image SM 53/1/28

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SM 53/1/28


[168] Record drawing, New Law Courts, after September 1826


Plan of the main floor of the New Law Courts, as finally executed with a revised façade to New Palace yard and an octagonal tower, as executed, with furnishings of the Courts and Public Corridor shown, and perliminary designs for applying porticoes to the north pavilion tower and the central block of The Stone Building (in pencil)


bar scale of 1/10 inch to 1 foot


PLAN OF THE NEW COURTS AT WESTMINSTER. / Speaker's Gallery / Lobby of the / House of Commons / Outer Lobby. / WESTMINSTER HALL. / Entrance / into the / Court of Kings Bench / Entrance into the / Court of Excehquer. / Entrance into the / Court of Common Pleas. / Entrance in the / Vice Chancellors Court. / Entrance into the / High Court of Chancery. / The Bail Court. / The Court of Kings Bench. / Barons Clerks / Staircase. (x 3) / The / Court of / Exchequer / The Court / of Equity / Hall (x 2) / Water / Closet (x 5) / Entrance into the / Court of Kings Bench &ca: / The Court of Common Pleas / The Judges / Retiring Room / Court of Common / Pleas. / Area (x 4) / Passage (x 4) / The Kings / Remembrancer / Judges Clerks / Entrance into the / Court of Exchequer &ca: / The Vice Chancellors Court / Attendants on / The Vice Chancellor / The Vice Chancellors / Retiring Room. / Entrance into the / Vice Chancellors Court &ca: / The High Court of Chancey / Lobby (x 2) / The / Lord Chancellors / Robing Room / Attendants on the / Lord Chancellor. / Grand Inquest Jury / Entrance into the / High Court of Chancery &ca: / Entrance into the / High Court of Chancery / for the Lord Chancellor- / Counsel / Keeper of the / Court of Chancery. / Ushers Robing Room / Passage to the Houses of Lords and Commons / Members / Waiting Room. / Waiting Room

Signed and dated

  • after 09/1826
    dated in accordance with known building campaign

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, wash, coloured washes including yellow, orange, pink and blue, pen, orange pen within nontuple ruled wash border pricked for transfer on wove paper (914 x 641)


Soane Office


Smith & Allnutt / 1822


One of the most meticulously rendered plans in the entire series of drawings relating to the New Law Courts. All sides of the ruled border contain bar scales, and there are various faint pencil annotations which resist transcription.


Sawyer, 1999: p 628, footnote 1868



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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