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SM Adam volume 38/31


[1] Design for the first scheme for the building, 1767-68, unexecuted


Plan of a building, with a central block of three bays recessed on the principal front, with a central blind window flanked by doors, and with five projecting bays on the garden front. The central block is flanked by three- by six-bay wings which are projecting on the principal front, and recessed on the garden front. The building contains courts, a judges' retiring room, and prison cells


bar scale of 1/5 inch to 1 foot


Plan of the Courts of Justice for the County & Town of Hertford / proposed to be built on a spot of Ground without the Town / A. Judges Seat / B. Seat for the Justices / C. Seats for the Council / D. Sheriffs Seat / E. Under Sheriffs Seat / F. Seats for the Grand Jury / G. Seats for Petty Jury / H. Seats for the Cryer / I. Seats for Witnesses / K. Seats for Jaylor & other Officers / L. Prisoners bar / A / B / B / C / D / E / Table / C / F / G / H / H / I / K / K / L / Passage & Gate over it / Passage & Gate over it / Court Room / Housekeepers Room / Stairs Leading to Gallery / Closet / Water Closet / Passage / Lobby / Retiring Room for the Judges &c / Water Closet / Passage / Passage / Lobby / Men prisoners / Women prisoners / Court Room / Great Staircase / B (in pencil) and measurements given (verso) 11 (in pencil) / 11 (in pencil) / Number 11 (in red pen)

Signed and dated

  • 1767-68
    date range: 1767-68

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (621 x 509)


James Adam


XD&CB within a cartouche


See scheme notes.


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 17
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 56 For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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