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Reference number

SM 37/3/5- SM 37/3/6


[2] Survey, Court of Exchequer, 7 September 1822


Plan of the ground floor of the Court of Exchequer range, including accommodation and offices, between New Palace Yard and St Margaret's Street


bar scale 1/8 inch to 1 foot


Ground Plan of Courts of / Exchequer / Common Pleas / Offices / Coffee Houses / Cellars &c. / Tower and / Staircase / of West[minste]r. Hall / This part / pulled down / Wine Cellar (x 5) / Closet (x 5) / Record Room under / the Exchequer Court / commonly called the / Queen's Kitchen / Passage leading into Westminster Hall / Parlor / Scullery / Yard / attached / to the Exchequer / Coffee House / Kitchen / Bar (x 3) / Room / Parlor / New Palace Yard / Kitchen / Oliver's / Coffee Room / (Mr. Dund) / Exchequer / Coffee Room / Mrs. Fendall / Bed / Chamber (x 2) / Saint Margaretts Street / DD EE FF GG / Conference R[oo]m (x 2) / The [_] Room (x 2) / barrons dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 07/09/1822
    Sep[tembe]r. 7 1822
    dated on SM 37/3/5

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, wash, pen, on wove paper (504 x 369), original sheet comprising of (251 x 369) SM/37/3/6 and (253 x 369) SM/37/3/5.


Sir John Soane RA (1753 - 1837), architect
The drawing is annotated in Soane's hand.
John William Hiort (1772 - 1861), draughtsman
The Day Book entry for 7 September 1822 notes that John Hiort was working on the Courts of Law / About Plans &c.


fleur de lys and monogram dated 1817


Though catalogued as two separate sheets (SM 37/3/5 and SM 37/3/6), it is clear that this drawing was originally one sheet, which has divided along a vertical central fold. SM 37/3/6 formed the left-hand half and SM 37/3/5 the right-hand half of the original sheet. It is described here as per its original form. The area covered by the plan is immediately adjacent to the north-west corner of Westminster Hall. In the inscription, the section lines inscribed DD, EE, FF and GG correspond with the sections on SM 37/3/8. The plan of the Court of Common Pleas is only lightly drawn at the top right of SM 37/3/5, implying a focus solely upon the existing buildings which fell under the purview of the Court of Exchequer.



Digitisation of the Drawings Collection has been made possible through the generosity of the Leon Levy Foundation. This catalogue of Soane’s designs for the New Law Courts was generously funded by The Worshipful Company of Mercers and The Pilgrim Trust.

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