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SM 37/1/22A


Key to the survey of the Palace of Westminster, 21 February 1816


Reference to the General Plan of the / Westminster Department


as above, inscribed: The Offices of the House of Lords the Official Houses Vaults &c / are coloured Red / Those belonging to the House of Commons - Green / Those belonging to the Courts of Law - Purple / Buildings rented as Coffee Houses - Yellow / Offices & Official Houses belonging to the Receipt of Exchequer Blue / Buildings not belonging to any of the above remain tinted with / indian Ink, A Houses of the Clerks in Parliament / B Offices Lobbies & Staircases of the House of Lords / C The King's Entrance & Staircase / D Vaults under the Prince's Chamber / E Do Do Old House of Lords / F Do Do Painted Chamber & Lobby to the Robing Room / G Do Do Robing Room & House of Lords / H Arcade to the House of Lords / I Howard's Coffee House & Ii the Celler (sic) / J Court of Chancery / K Grand Jury Room & Offices of the King's Bench under the Records / L Court of Common Pleas and it's (sic) Offices / M Record Room & Passage to the Court of Exchequer / N Record Rooms under the Court of Exchequer / O Exchequer Coffee House & Celler Adjoining the Hall / P Olivers Coffee House & Celler to Do; (verso) Q Waiting Rooms & Great Staircase to the House of Commons Qq Celler / R Mr Ley's House Clerk of the House of Commons / S Mr Hatsel's House (First Clerk of the House) with the Offices & Garden / T The Speaker's State Dining Room under the House of Commons / V The Speaker's House Offices & Garden / U The Speaker's Secretary Do Do Do / W Mr Dyson's Clerk of the House of Commons Do Do / X Journal Office in Abingdon Street / Y Labourer in Trust's Apartments under Reading Clerk's Rooms Ho Lords / Z House late in the occupation of Mr Dallaval (sic) with Offices & Garden // 1 Exchequer Engine House / 2 Yeoman of the Tally Court's Apartments under Dutchy Court of Lancaster / 3 Exchequer Porter's Apartments under the Auditor's Offices / 4 Offices of the Receipt of Exchequer / 5 Mr Wilde's House Offices & Garden / 6 Office of Works Stores & Shops / 7 Abingdon Street / 8 Old Palace Yard / 9 Parliament Place / 10 Parliament Stairs / 11 Poets' Corner / 12 Henry the seventh's Chapel / 13 St Margaret's Church / 14 St Margaret's Street / 15 New Place Yard / 16 Cotton Garden / 17 St Stephen's Court / 18 New Embankment made by the Westminster Commissioners / 19 Stairs & Wooden Bridge formerly called Queen's Stairs / 20 Apartments now occupied by the Stove Lighter Ho Lords under Long Gallery / 21 Room occupied by the Servants of the Housekeeper Ho Commons / 22 Clerk of the Works' Room / 23 Cellers in the occupation of the Housekeeper of the House of Commons / 24 The River Thames and Office of Works stamp

Signed and dated

  • 21 February 1816
    Chas Bacon / 21 Feby 1816

Medium and dimensions

Pen on laid paper (328 x 402)


Charles Bacon (1784 - 1818)


C Ansell 1811 and Britannia with lance, shield and olive branch within crowned oval



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