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image SM 37/1/21

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SM 37/1/21


Survey of the Palace of Westminster with design for alterations overlaid, September 1793


Site plan


bar scale of 1/4 inch to 10 feet


labelled: Pier of / Bridge (twice), Stationary / Office, Bridge Street, Court, Parliament Street, New Palace Yard, Gateway, late the / Cofferers Office, Garden, Auditors / of Land / Revenue, Sheds, Privies, Mr Langton's / House, Garden, Garden, Mr Roberts, Lord Barham, St Stephens Court, Gateway, Coachouse (sic), Stables belonging / to the Auditor, Tower, Court, Auditor of Exchequer, Garden to the Auditors House, Coffee / House, Tower, Low / Sheds / Public / House, Public / House, Court, Court / of / Exchequer, Inner Court / of Excheqr, Court, Court / of / Common / Pleas, Judges / Room, Court, Judges / Coachouse, Kings Bench Records, Court, Supts / Room, King's / Bench / Off[ice], Servants / Room, Court, Mr Ley Assistt Clerk / of House of Commons, Election / Committee / Room, Election / Comm / Room, Saint Margaret's Street, Ordnance Office, King Henry 7ths / Chapel, Mr Wilberforce, Mr Wharton, Mr Cowper, Mr Rose, Abingdon Street, Old Palace Yard, Mr Bennett's, Mr Bellamy, Coffee Ho[use], Lord / Chancells / Room, Wait Room, Court / of / Chancery, Court / of / Kings Bench, Westminster Hall / 237'9'' whole length, Lobby, House / of / Commons, Court of Requests, Long Gallery, Flat / over / Kitchen, Mr Hatsell's / House, Mr Hatsell's Gardn, Cotton Garden, Mr ?Rose's / Garden, Mr / Delavals / Garden / &c, Mr Delavals / House &c, late Parliament / Stairs, Yard, Stable, Garden, Chan / cellor / Room, Ho. keeper, Clerks / Room (3 times), Court, Earl Marshalls / Room, Bishops / Room, Chan / cellor, Court, Sir P. / Burrells / Room, Parliament Passage, Passage, Lobby (twice), House of Lords, Princes / Chamber, Passage, Black Rod / Room, Lobby, Lords / ?Committee / Room, Waghorns, Mem. The Floor of the House of Commons is / 6ft1½ above the Floor of the Bar of the House / of Lords and 17ft8 above the Floor / of Westminster Hall and dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • September 1793
    IS [John Soane] Great Scotland Yard September 1793

Medium and dimensions

Pen, red pen, black, sepia and blue washes within single ruled border on laid paper backed with stout wove paper (492 x 603)


In August 1793 Soane, as Clerk of Works at St James's, Whitehall and Westminster, was directed to provide survery plans of the Palace of Westminster to the twelve architects who had been invited to make designs for a new House of Lords. This design, dated 'September 1793', is likely to be the same as that supplied to the dozen architects. Although Soane was not invited to submit a design himself, the outline of a substantial new block has been added to this drawing in red pen. The principal front to this new block faces the river with a tetrastyle portico in antis. Soane was later officially asked to make designs for a new House of Lords in June 1794.

Tom Drysdale, October 2014



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