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  • image SM 53/1/9

Reference number

SM 53/1/9


[4] Survey, Westminster Hall and Law Courts, c September 1822


Plan of the ground floor of Westminster Hall, the Law Courts and their ancillary offices and accommodation on the north side of Westminster Hall, with the Courts of King's Bench and Chancery located in the latter


bar scale of 1/18 inch to 1 foot


Westminster Hall. / Court of Kings Bench / Court of Chancery / Waiting Room (x 4 ) / Lord Chancellors / Room / Mices / Coffee House / Area (x 4) / Mr Lee / Clerk in Parliament . Passage / to / Judges Room / Court of / Kings Bench / Grand Juery and Record Room / Passage / to / Court / of / Common / Pleas Vaults / Room under / Judges Room / of the Court / of Kings Bench / Court of Common Pleas / Vaults under Judges / Room of the Court of / Common Pleas. / Record Room / Passage / to / Judges / Room / of / Court / of / Exchequ[e]r / Exchequer Coffe House / Yard / Vaults belonging / to / Exchequer Coffee / House / Vaults / belonging / to / Olivers / Coffee House. / Record Room / under Exchequer Court / Olivers Coffee House

Signed and dated

  • 28/09/1822
    dated in accordance with corresponding Day Book entry

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, wash, blue wash, pen, pricked for transfer on laid paper (488 x 297)


John William Hiort (1772 - 1861), draughtsman
attributed in accordance with SM 53/3/14 and the Day Book entry for 28 September 1822, which notes that John Hiort was engaged with theNew Courts / Drawing Plan of / the old Buildings.


W Weatherley / 1822


This drawing is a fair copy in a distinctive meticulous hand, of the various survey drawings recording the extant buildings to the north of Westminster Hall. It is a variant of SM 53/3/14, and therefore attributed to John Hiort. Buildings to be demolished are indicated with lighter wash, while those to be retained or incorporated into the New Law Courts are indicated in wash. That the existing Court of Exchequer is to be retained suggests this plan relates to the first Law Courts scheme, prepared by Soane from 1820 - 1821. The latter is also shown with its north-eastern corner as extant prior to the restoration of Westminster Hall (1819 - 1823), during which it was part demolished and rebuilt, set-back from the north-west tower of the Hall's north front.



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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