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SM 53/2/68


[499] Record drawing, New Law Courts, 31 December 1829


Plan of the main (ground) floor of the New Law Courts, covering the area between Westminster Hall, the south and western flanks of The Stone Building, and the latter's central block, with proposed alterations to the light well adjacent to the Court of Chancery, as executed


line scale of 1/11 inch to 1 foot


Law Courts at Westminster / (Copy) / High Court of Chancery / Lord Chancellors / Room / Present passage way from the Court to the Library / Open Court Yard / Library / Entrance / Hall / Attendants Room / A (x 2) / Area roofed / over & made / a Passage room / B / C / Passage / D / Robing room for / attendants / A.A. are at present windows which / it is proposed to convert into doors. / B. The present area is proposed to be floored and roofed - the roof being / flat and kept at the level of the top / of the lower pane of the Windows, / the urinals, now in this area, being / said to be little used, to be removed - / C. a doorway in the place of the present / narrow door & small window / D. Is at present a passage, never used, / which it is proposed to floor and / convert into a robing room for the / L[or]d. Chancellor's attendants, who / have no new room for the purpose.

Signed and dated

  • 31/12/1829
    31st: Dec[embe]r: 1829

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, wash, coloured washes of red and blue, pen, pricked for transfer on wove paper (514 x 352)


Probably Bailey, George (1792--1860), draughtsman
attributed in accordance with SM 53/2/67


detail section of an opening with splayed soffits


Smith & Allnutt


This plan is a valuable record of the allocation of accommodation within The Stone Building and to the rear of Westminster Hall at this date. The proposed alterations also demonstrate how well, or otherwise, Soane's circulation provision in the plan of his New Law Courts was actually used.



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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