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SM 53/3/60v


[375] Memoranda, Select Committee Meeting, 6 April 1824


Summary minutes taken by John Soane, during a meeting of the Select Committee of the House of Commons, 6 April 1824


Monday 6 Ap[ri]l 1824 / Select Comm[ittee] / Present / Sir C[harles]. Long / Mr. Bankes Sen[ior] in the Chair / Mr Herries / Mr Goulburn _ Col[one]l Trench _ Mr W[illiam] Bankes _ Mr. Agar Ellis _ Mr. Wi[lliams] It was remarked by one / of the Com[mitte]e that Sir C[harles]. Long / idea (which by the way was J[ames]. Wyatt / & came to Sir C[harles] L[ong] thro[ugh] Jeff[rey]. [Wyatt] – of / making the Court Chapels to / the Hall was a good thought! The Area now occupied by the Court of Kings. Bench etc / to be railed in & [planned?] / Mr W[illiam]. Bankes Mr. B[ankes] Sen[io]r. observed there / was to be a passage / between W[estminster]. Hall & the Court one entrance into / that passage would have been sufficient – / At last it was settled for me / to prepare two elevations for / a Gothic front one with a small / Oct[agonal] Tower & the other with Sq[uar]e Tower etc. A level line from the N[orth]w[est]. Tower of Stone Building to be drawn from that Tower to the front Wall of / I Mr. Soane have seen many such lines in build[in]g. of the Court and [it] / would be scarcely visible Mr Bankes Sen[ior] to send Lord Harrowby / occasion _ Mr. Bankes & Mr. Williams again said no place could be more conveniant / Mr. Bankes S[e]n[io]r thought the passage between W[estmins]ter. Hall & the Courts should be / & the Courts [_] home to the Wall of West[minster] Hall (what business of the / [could] want a front.

Signed and dated

  • 06/04/1824
    Monday 6 Ap[ri]l 1824

Medium and dimensions

Pen, on wove paper (782 x 569)


Sir John Soane (1753 - 1837), architect


J Whatman


The transcription of this text has much benefitted from the assistance of Sue Palmer.



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