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  • image SM 53/1/27

Reference number

SM 53/1/27


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


Plan of the main floor of the New Law Courts, as originally commenced and part executed


bar scale of 1/10 inch to 1 foot


Plan of the New Law Courts at Westminster, shewing likewise the additional Rooms and other Accommodations / originally designed for the Court of Kings Bench, but which were subsequently removed by Order of a Select Committee of the / House of Commons, appointed on the 23rd March 1824.- / WESTMINSTER·HALL· / BAIL·COURT· / HALL· (x 4)/ LOBBY· (x 2) / PASSAGE· (x 3) / W[ATER]·C[LOSET]· (x 11) / AREA· (x 8) / NEW·PALACE·YARD· / ANTE·ROOM· / COVRT·OF / KINGS·BENCH· / BARONS· / CLERKS·ROOM· / COURT·OF·EQUITY / STAIRCASE· (x 3) / THE·IVDGES· / RETIRING·ROOM· / K[ING’S·B[ENCH]· / IUDGES· / COURT·OF·COMMON·PLEAS / THE·IUDGES· / RETIRING·ROOM· / COURT·OF·C[OMMON]·P[LEAS]· / COURT· / KEEPER· / THE KINGS· / REMEMBRANCER· / MASTERS· / IN·EQUITY· / SERIEANTS· / ROOM· / JUDGES·CLERKS· / ROOM·C[OMMON]·P[LEAS]· / VICECHANCELLORS·COURT· / ATTENDANTS· / ON·THE· / VICECHANCELLOR· / VICECHANCELLOR’S· / ROBING·ROOM· / SECRETARY’S· / ROOM· / USHERS·ROOM· / GRAND· / INQUEST· / IURY· (x 3) / LORD·CHANCELLOR’S· / ROBING·ROOM· / ATTENDANT’S· / ON·THE· / LORD·CHANCELLOR· / VESTIBULE· / BARRISTER’S· / ROBING·ROOM· / SEALERS·ROOM· / LIBRARY· / MASTERS·IN·CHANCERY· / OLD·PALACE·YARD· / (pencil) Barristers / Retiring Room dimensions given

Signed and dated

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

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, wash, coloured washes of yellow, orange pink and blue, pen, red pen, within triple ruled border on card (913 x 620)


Soane Office, draughtsman


Unusually in this drawing, each side of the border contains a bar scale.



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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