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SM drawer 62/4/1


Plan for the coronation route from Westminster Abbey to Westminster Hall, probably for the coronation of George II in 1727




100 feet to 1 5/16 inches


In pen and brown ink with place names, and names of regiments flanking the processional route; and in black ink outline in red, at top right-hand corner, No 9; and stamped on verso in black ink, OFFICE OF HIS MAJESTY'S WORKS AND PUBLIC BUILDINGS (early C19?).

Signed and dated

  • 1727 (see Notes)

Medium and dimensions

Pen and brown ink over pencil, with some pencil additions, and with pink, green (for processional route) and grey washes; heavily pricked through for transfer; on laid paper, with irregular 40 mm tear at bottom left; 320 x 500


Unidentified Office of Works hand




The coronation route shown on this plan can be identified as that of George II, on 11 October 1727, rather than George I's in 1714, since the plan of Westminster Palace on the east side of Westminster Hall and the Court of Requests differs from that shown in a plan of c.1711-15 by William Dickinson at All Souls College (Geraghty, Architectural Drawings of Sir Christopher Wren, 2007, no. 360). Works of repair and alteration took place between the House of Commons and the Painted Chamber in the courtyard on the east side of the Court of Requests in 1719, including the rebuilding of the 'passage gallery' (History of the King's Works, V, 1976, p. 397). The new passage gallery of 1719 appears to be shown on this plan as a line of square piers to the left of the Court of Requests. The hand of the draughtsman is not recognisable from those in the office of Wren around 1714. The coronation route, from the crossing of Westminster Abbey to the dais of Westminster Hall, is marked in green.



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