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  • image SM 37/1/24

Reference number

SM 37/1/24


Survey of the Palace of Westminster, 1760-66


Block plan (The General Plan)


bar scale of 1/4 inch to 10 feet


as above, labelled: King Henry / the VIIs / Chapel, Clerks / of / Parliament, Bridge / Office, Old Palace Yard, Abingdon St, Waghorn's / Coffee / House, Court of Requests, Communication Gallery, Painted / Chamber, House of Peers, Princes / Chamr, Officers of State, Clerks / Rooms, Housekeeper, Parliament Stairs, Cotton Garden, Garden (twice), Clerk of the / House of Commons, Auditor of the Exchequer, Burgesss Court, Westminster Hall, Ordinance (sic), Kings Bench Records, Auditors of Imprest, Augmentation Office, Law Exchequer, New Palace Yard, Stables, Court, Teller and / Usher of the / Exchequer, Land Tax / Office, Tellers, Public Offices, The Thames and dimensions given, viz. 118.4, 55.10, 64.0

Signed and dated

  • 1760-66

Medium and dimensions

Pen, sepia and pink washes, pricked for transfer on laid paper (370 x 531)




fleur-de-lis within crowned cartouche and below, GR


This plan shows the Palace of Westminster and adjoining buildings as they appeared between 1760 and 1766. The date range is provided by the collection of buildings to the west of Westminster Hall. A new building to house the records of the King's Bench, the Exchequer, the Remembrancer, the Pipe, the Augmentation and the Tally Offices and the offices of the Auditors of the Imprests and the Usher and Clerks of the Exchequer was designed in 1753 (most likely by John Vardy, 1717/18-65) to replace those buildings then occupying the east side of St Margaret's Street. The New Stone Building, as it came to be called, was erected in a piecemeal fashion beginning with the central block in 1755-60, followed by the southern range in 1766-69. The area to the north of the central block was cleared in 1793 and the northern block was built to Soane's designs 30 years later as part of the new Law Courts. This survey plan shows the central block containing the King's Bench records as executed with the projected outline of the north and south ranges in pink wash.

For other drawings of the New Stone Building in Sir John Soane's Museum, see SM 37/1/2-6.

Tom Drysdale, October 2014


H. M. Colvin, J. M. Crook, K. Downes and J. Newman, The History of the King's Works, V, 1976, pp. 425-31.



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