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image SM 36/2/4

Reference number

SM 36/2/4


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


General site plan


bar scale of 1/4 inch to 10 feet


labelled: River of Thames, Auditors Garden, Extends 325 Feet, 85, Extends 230 Feet, Footmen / of the House / of Commons, Lord / Chancelor, Court of Request, Painted / Chamber, House / of / Commons, Lord Hallifax, Auditors Court, Exchequer, Passage, Exchequer, Bridge / Street, Parliament Street, New Palace Yard, Exchequer / Court, Clerks, Equity Court, Court / of / Common / Pleas, Common / Pleas, Custos / Brevium, Chambers, Judges, Kings Bench / Records (twice), St Margerets Lane, St Margerets / Church, King Henry / the Sevenths / Chapel, Old Palace Yard, Parliament Office, Dirty Lane

Medium and dimensions

Pen, sepia and warm sepia (brown) washes, pricked for transfer on laid paper with one fold mark (488 x 715)


John Vardy (1717/18 - 1765)


fleur-de-lis within crowned cartouche / WR / V = IV


This second site plan shows the new Stone Building as the pink wash version in drawing [33], at an angle to Westminster Hall. It presents an asymmetrical frontage to St Margaret's Lane and the north pavilion encroaches onto the Augmentation Office. To the north of Westminster Hall are designs for alterations to the street arrangements including the widening of Bridge Street. These suggestions had been made by Thomas Lediard, the Westminster Bridge surveyor, in early 1740, providing a terminus post quem for the drawing.

(Salmon, p. 353)



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