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Reference number

SM 36/2/33

Purpose

Survey of Westminster Hall and adjoining offices (Copy), 18 July 1822

Aspect

Plan of Westminster Hall / and Offices adjoining / Copied from a Plan in His Majesty's / Office of Works

Scale

bar scale of 1/2 inch to 10 feet

Inscribed

as above, labelled (pencil): Westminster Hall, The River Thames, (in a later hand) F / Drawer 67 / Case 1

Signed and dated

July 18th 1822

Medium and dimensions

Pen and sepia wash, pricked for transfer on wove paper (564 x 705)

Hand

Soane Office

Watermark

J Whatman 1820

Notes

To the east of Westminster Hall is the Speaker's House (formerly the Offices and Stables of the Auditor of the Exchequer). Those buildings on the east side of New Palace Yard are parliamentary offices (labelled on a plan of 1793 as 'Auditor of the Land Revenue' and 'late the Cofferer's Office') and, towards the River Thames, a 'Mr Langton's House'.

In July 1822 Soane's designs for the new Royal Entrance to the House of Lords had been approved but construction had not yet commenced; a scheme for the Law Courts had been approved and preparations were underway; and the restoration of Westminster Hall was at an advanced stage. Soane did design alterations, including a new staircase, for the Speaker's House, but this was not until June 1824.

Tom Drysdale, October 2014

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Drawing

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