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image SM (46) 51/5/51

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SM (46) 51/5/51


[46] Unexecuted design for fitting out the Stone Building for storing the records of the King's Bench, 17 May 1827


46 Three floor plans showing the layout of tables, presses and shelving, and elevations of shelving


to a scale


(pencil) King's Bench Records, Table (twice), Table & Press (5 times), Gallery Floor ---- --- (illegible), Gallery, calculations and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • (pencil) May 17th 1827

Medium and dimensions

Pen, sepia, brown madder and yellow washes, pencil, pricked for transfer on wove paper with one fold mark (515 x 717)


Soane office (nil in Day Book)


Smith & Allnutt 1823


A sectional survey (drawing 45) of the Stone Building shows it as a five-storey (or four storeys and a gallery) building with a vaulted undercroft labelled 'Grand Inquest Jury', a ground floor labelled 'Records & Writs' a gallery, a first floor labelled 'Augmentation Room', and a second floor labelled 'Mr Hewit[t]'. Four plans on survey drawings 43 and 44 are similarly labelled.
The drawing catalogued here is for two floors and a gallery, one of the floors is labelled 'King's Bench Records' which must refer to the ground floor, the gallery is labelled as such but the floor plan next to it though not labelled must be the first floor 'Augmentation Office' with the partition walls stripped out and three instead of five windows. This drawing is presumably an unexecuted design for the expansion of the King's Bench Records and Writs store?



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