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SM 37/3/35


[128] Survey, Westminster Guildhall, c 1822-24


Plan of the main (ground) floor of Westminster Guildhall, with overlaid plans of the Court of King's Bench as accommodated in Westminster Hall and in the New Law Courts, and the Bail Court accommodated in an adjacent room, with furnishings (in pencil)


bar scale of 1/4 inch to 1 foot


Plan of Guildhall / Westminster. / The Red lines shew the size of the New Court of Kings Bench / The Blue line shews the size of the Old Court of Kings Bench (pencil) Mr. Wilsons / Parlour (x 2) / Mr. Wilsons / Office / Mr. Wilsons / Drawing Room / Water Closet / Robing Room / Lobby (x 2) / Long Room / Council Room / Closet / occupied / by / Mr. Wilson / Just[ice] of the / Peaces Office / Grand Jury Room / Indictment / Office / Bail Court

Signed and dated

  • c 1822-24
    dated in accordance with known building campaign

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, wash, coloured washes of pink and blue, pen, red pen, pricked for transfer on wove paper (651 x 542)


Soane Office, draughtsman


This appears to relate to SM 53/7/3, as a different means of representing the comparative accommodation of the three different locations of the Court of King's Bench. The furniture of the latter Court within the octagonal space available is indicated in faint pencil, whereas that of the Bail Court is drawn in pen. The latter is shown to a larger scale in SM 37/3/22.


Sawyer, 1999: p 496, footnote 1461



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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