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SM 36/2/5


[33] Design for the Stone Building and a new Parliament House


General site plan; (verso) part plan of bishops', archbishops' and clerks' rooms


bar scale of 1/4 inch to 10 feet


labelled: Parliament Office, Dirty Lane, This proposed to be taken away, Over the Arcade / Court of Wards / & Rooms of the / Officers of / State & / a library / or / Repository, Kings Closet, Kings / Presence, Ante Cham / ber, Prince of Wales, The Dukes / Room, Ld Chancel (twice), Arch Bishops, Ld Treasurer, Ld Presidt, Ld Gt Chambern, E Marshall, Ld Steward, Bishops, Old Palace Yard, Arcade, Court / of / Wards, Court of Requests, Passage / to the / House / of Lords, Old / House of Lords, Clerks (twice), Painted / Chamber, Lobby to / the House / of Lords, Barr, House of / Lords, Conference / Room, Ante Chamber, Black Rod, Sergeant / at Arms, Clerk, Lobby, House of Commons, Speakers, Clerk, Speakers / Chamber, Committee / Rooms (twice), House / of / Commons, Auditors / Garden, River Thames, Proposed for a new Exchequer / The old may remain till the / new is built, Lord Hallifax, Auditors Court, Exchequer, Westminster Hall, New Palace Yard, Excheqr Court, Equity Court, Common / Pleas / Chamber, Common / Pleas, Custos / Brevium, Chambr, Judges, Kings / Bench Records, Records, Kings Bench, Fish / Yard, St Margarets Lane, King Henry / the 7ths Chapel; (verso) The Archbishops, The Bishops, Bishops Lobby, Assistant Clerk / of Parliament, Writing Clerk, The Clerk / of Parliament

Medium and dimensions

Pen, black, sepia and pink washes (verso: pen and pink wash), pricked for transfer within triple ruled and sepia wash border on two sheets of laid paper, adjoined, with one fold mark (532 x 690)


Soane Office


Edmeads & Pine


This drawing is a copy of TNA, WORK 29/3358 (25) (Salmon, fig. 13.40). Similarly to drawing [32], in this design the Stone Building is parallel to Westminster Hall and incorporates parts of the existing fabric. However, the new Court of Requests building now has two pavilions. Access to the Houses of Commons and Lords is governed by separate corridors so that the two Chambers are essentially isolated from each other, connected only by an octagonal hall and a narrow passage behind the Speaker's chair. Lighting the Lords' Passage would have been a challenge as it has no exterior walls. To the south, connecting the south-east pavilion of the Parliament House with the south pavilion of the Court of Requests, is a block containing rooms for the Great Officers of State. In pink wash is a proposal for a new building to the west of, and at an angle to, Westminster Hall.

On the verso of the sheet is a design for new accommodation for the bishops, archbishops and clerks of Parliament. It is not known how this relates to Soane's other designs for alterations and additions to the House of Lords.

(Salmon, pp. 352-54)



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