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SM 36/1/2


[36/1/2] Design for the first floor of the Stone Building


First floor plan


bar scale of 1/2 inch to 10 feet


labelled: Court of Request, Old Palace Yard, St Margaretts (sic) Lane, Lord Chief / Justice, Records of the Court of Kings Bench, Area (3 times), Court of / Chancery, 32.0, 31.0, Court of / Kings Bench, Court of / Common Pleas, Court of / Exchequer, New Palace / Yard, Westminster Hall

Medium and dimensions

Pen, sepia and yellow/pink washes, pricked for transfer on laid paper (350 x 520)


John Vardy (1717/18 - 1765)


fleur-de-lis within crowned cartouche / 4


The new building, shown in a pale wash, is parallel to Westminster Hall. The main block has a symmetrical façade with a slightly projecting centre and pavilions with serlianas at the north and south ends. Appended to the north west corner is a rectangular hall with buttresses at the corners - perhaps to match the medieval north front of Westminster Hall.



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