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  • image SM 53/1/2

Reference number

SM 53/1/2


[140] Survey, New Law Courts, after 28 September 1822


Site plan of the New Law Courts, covering the west side of Westminster Hall, with existing water main courses and drainage


bar scale of 1/4 inch to 1 foot


Plan of part of the Site of the old Courts of Law / shewing the Drains, Water Main, Tank &c. / Feet / → (x 5) / Drawing from Mr. Bellamy's Apartments._ / Tank / Water main for supplying / the House of Commons / Drain from the House of Commons / Drain from the Common Pleas and Exchange Courts Offices Coffee Houses &c. dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • after 29/09/1822
    dated in accordance with known building campaign

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, wash, blue wash, pen, blue pen, pricked for transfer on wove paper (745 x 536)


Soane Office, draughtsman


Smith & Allnutt / 1817


The direction of flow within the water pipes and channels is marked by arrows. The same provisions are shown in drawing SM 53/1/5.



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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