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  • image SM Vol 48/14

Reference number

SM Vol 48/14


[8] Survey, Courts of Exchequer, Equity, Common Pleas and offices, 7 April 1823


Plan of the ground floor of the Courts of Exchequer, Equity and Common Pleas and adjacent offices, to the north-west of Westminster Hall


to a rough scale


A / Remembrancer's / record room / Exchequer Coffee House / Bar Room / Bed room (x 2) / Court / Vault / Kitchen / Court / Parlour (x 2) / Cellar / Coals / Passage / Court of Common Pleas / Wine / belonging to / the / Excheq[uer] / Coffee / House / Beer / Oliver's / Cellars / Cellar (x 2) dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 07/04/1823
    dated in accordance with SM Vol 48/13

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, coloured washes of pink and blue, pen, on wove paper (210 x 272).


Arthur Patrick Mee (1802 - 1868), draughtsman
The Day Book entry for 7 April 1823 notes that Arthur Mee was Making Sketches of the Courts / at Westminster.


The plan covers two adjacent leaves and is numbered as two sheet (SM Vol 48/13 and SM Vol 48/12). For ease and consistency of reference it is catalogued here as two sheets. This plan covers the same area, but at the level below, as that shown in SM Vol 48/5.



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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