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SM 53/1/14


[149] Finished drawing, with preliminary revisions, New Law Courts, 27 December 1821


Plan of the main (ground) floor of the New Law Courts, extending from New Palace Yard to Old Palace Yard, unexecuted


line scale of 1/10 inch to 1 foot


Scale of Feet. / Court of / Exchequer / Tr[ibunal] (x 3) / Court of Equity / Lord Chief / Baron / Lobby (x 3) / Records / Attendants / on the / L[ord]: Chief Baron / W[ater] C[loset] (x 7) / Hall / Entrance / into the / Court of Exchequer / & into West[minster]. Hall / X (x 2) / one step up at / present you descend / five Steps & the passage / slopes towards the Hall about 5" - making the (?) about 2. 6 / higher than the pavement of West[minster]. Hall / Bail Court / Attend:[ant]s (x 2) / Court (x 2) / Lord Chief Justice / retiring Room / Court / of / Kings Bench / Court / Yard / Entrance / into the Court / of King's Bench Barristers / The Vice-Chanc[ellor's]: / Court / Attendants / on the / Vice Chan[cellor] / Vice-Chancellors / retiring Room / Staircase (x 3) / The great Corridor / Grand Jury / Inques[t] ( x 2) / Entrance into / the Court of Common Pleas / & the Vice chancellors / Court / The High Court of / Chancery / Lord Chan[cellor's] / retir[in]g Room / Entrance into / the High Court / of Chancery / To the House of Commons / & to the Hosue of Lords / Lord Chancellor / Kings Bench / Treasury three Rooms / L[or]d. Chief Justice. 1 / Attendants, - 1 / Prison. (now the same as is / used by the Constable / attending the Grand Jury Inquest Jury / Westminster Hall ab[out]. 2: 6 lower than the foot passing [_] in the Street next the Abbey / L[incolns]. I[nn]. F[ields]. / 29 Dec[embe]r. 1821 /(pencil) Lord Keeper / Lord [_] / Mr. [_] / 3 dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 27/12/1821
    27th: Dec[embe]r 1821.
    (subsequently written over to read 28 December 1821.)

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, wash, coloured washes of pink and blue, pen, pricked for transfer on wove paper (869 x 344)


Sir John Soane RA (1753 - 1837), architect
This drawing is annotated in Soane's hand.
Probably George Bailey (1792 - 1860), draughtsman
The Day Book entry for 27 December 1821 notes that George Bailey was About Plans of the Courts / at Westminster.
Possibly Charles Edward Papendiek (1801 - 1835), draughtsman
The Day Book entry for 27 December 1821 notes that Charles Papendiek was About drawings for / the Courts at Westminster.


Slight pencil sketch of plan.


The alterations to be plan recorded in this drawing are characteristic of Soane's revisions. It is endorsed 29 December 1821; most probably the date of Soane's revisions to this drawing, originally completed two days earlier. He has reconfigured the interior of the north-western pavilon tower of The Stone Building, bringing the corridor from Westminster Hall down through it to give means of access from St Margaret's Street. The adjacent accommodation is hastly redrawn in both pen and pencil. The circular ceiling and lantern oculus of the Vice Chacellor's Court has also been sketched in, as have three circular skylights in the southern range of the Great Corridor.


Sawyer, 1999: p 503, footnote 1481



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