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image SM 37/2/27

Reference number

SM 37/2/27

Purpose

[103] Record drawing, Court of Exchequer and Court of Common Pleas offices, 6 April 1824

Aspect

Plans of the main (first), second and attic floors of the Law Courts, adjacent to the north wall of Westminster Hall, excluding buildings to the south of the central block of The Stone Building, with the perimeter wall of the homogenous scheme for the New Law Courts to St Margaret's Street shown (in red)

Scale

bar scale of 1/18 inch to 1 foot

Inscribed

Plan of the Second Floor / Plan of the Third Floor / Plan of the Upper Story / Scale of Feet / (Copied) / A (x 3) B (x 3) C (x 2) D (x 2) E (x 2) F (x 2) G H I / A. Court of Exchequer. / B. Exchequer Chamber. / C. Court of Common Pleas. / D. Treasurers Remembrancers Office. / E. Kings Rembrancers Office. / F. Kings Remembrancers Clerk’s Room. / G. Treasurers Remembrancers Office. / H. Kings Remembrancers Office. / I. Passage to the Court of Exchequer. / A. The Upper Part of Exchequer Court, / a. A Gallery where the Pipe Office is kept. / B. Lead Flat over Treasurers Remembrancers Office. / C. Augmentation and Pipe Office. / D. A small Garret in which some old / Tallys are kept. / E. Upper Room belonging to Treasurers / Remembrancers Office. / F. Chief Ushers Room. / A. Papers belonging to the Auditor of / Land Revenue. / B. Part belonging to Augmentation Office and / part to Kings Remembrancers Office. dimensions given

Signed and dated

April 6th: / 1824

Medium and dimensions

Pen, wash, red wash, pricked for transfer on wove paper (540 x 757)

Hand

Stephen Burchell (1806 - c.1843), draughtsman
The Day Book entry for 6 April 1824 notes that Stephen Burchell was Copying Plans of Buildings / at Westminster.

Notes

This plan is evidently a copy of an existing drawing, prepared before the demolition of the Augmentation Office, which is shown projecting from the north-west corner of the site. The Judges' Coach House, located between the central block of The Stone Building and the King's and Treasurer's Remembrancers' Offices is also absent, suggesting it had been demolished at the time of the original survey (see SM 37/1/17). The concentration upon the northern side of the New Law Courts site, and the inclusion of the perimeter line of the homogeneous scheme, combined with the date of this copy, implies that Stephen Burchell was copying this, in part, to better acquaint himself with the history of the site and the building's design process

Though undated, this drawing appears to be related to the series of copies made from drawings held by the Office of Works in April 1824. It is clearly related to SM 37/2/28 and SM 37/2/29.

Level

Drawing

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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