The History and Antiquities of London, Westminster, Southwark, and Parts Adjacent, vol. 3

Allen, Thomas


The Court of Commissioners of Bankrupts.

This building occupies the site of the principal part of the eastern front of Blackwell hall; it is a large substantial building of brick, but without much pretensions to architectural effect. It is built upon a granite plinth, in which are low windows lighting the rooms on the basement. The superstructure is stuccoed in imitation of rustic, to the height of the story. The front in shows a centre and lateral divisions. In the former are arched windows and an entrance; and in the latter other arched windows of larger dimensions, partitioned by uprights into divisions in the story. The story has a series of arches in relief; the intervals being formed into windows in the centre, and Venetian windows in the lateral divisions. Above them are a series of small windows lighting the domestic apartments. The south front has windows on the ground floor of the same character as those in the lateral divisions of the front described. The upper story has a series of Venetian windows, alternating with blank arches in relief, and smaller windows above, as in the other front. The western elevation of the building, which is separated by a small court from the law courts, is a counterpart of the front in just described. The north front is built against by the houses in the street. In the centre of the building is an oblong square court; the east and west sides consisting of a piazza of semicircular arches, sustained upon square pillars of granite; above which is a gallery to correspond. The north and south sides have each arches sustained on pilasters, to correspond with the piazza and gallery; but the arches are filled in with windows. A continued architrave and cornice surrounds the building above the crown of the gallery story; over which is an attic with windows as before. The ground floor is occupied by various courts for the accommodation of the commissioners, except the northern wing, which is wholly occupied by a hall and staircase to the story. On the landing of the latter is an arch in blank; in the head is the royal arms, above which is inscribed


and a long pannel below has the following inscription:--







The upper part of the walls is ornamented with a series of arches in relief, corresponding with the portions already described, and the roof is flat and pannelled. The floor is portioned into other courts and rooms for private meetings; the floor is occupied for domestic purposes. The courts are neatly fitted up; at end is an enclosure containing a platform, on which the commissioners are seated, with an elliptical table before them, at which the solicitors to the various commissions sit, to conduct matters in which they are concerned. To those who recollect the crowded and inconvenient places, in which the commissioners formerly sat, and the indecorous intermixture of spectators, solicitors, and commissioners, the latter only distinguished from the surrounding crowd by their heads being covered, the present arrangement will be acknowledged to be of the greatest improvements in the metropolis.

The only buildings in this ward, exclusive of those just mentioned, are the following:--

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 Title Page
 CHAPTER I: The site, extent, buildings, population, commerce, and a view of the progressive increase of London
 CHAPTER II: List of the parishes and churches in London, with their incumbents, &c
CHAPTER III: History and Topography of Aldersgate Ward
CHAPTER IV: History and Topography of Aldgate Ward
CHAPTER V: History and Topography of Bassishaw Ward
CHAPTER VI: History and Topography of Billingsgate Ward
CHAPTER VII: History and Topography of Bishopsgate Ward, Without and Within
CHAPTER VIII: History and Topography of Bread-street Ward
CHAPTER IX: History and Topography of Bridge Ward Within
CHAPTER X: History and Topography of Broad-street Ward
CHAPTER XI: History and Topography of Candlewick Ward
CHAPTER XII: History and Topography of Castle Baynard Ward
CHAPTER XIII: History and Topography of Cheap Ward
CHAPTER XIV: History and Topography of Coleman-street Ward
CHAPTER XV: History and Topography of Cordwainer's-street Ward
CHAPTER XVI: History and Topography of Cornhill Ward
CHAPTER XVII: History and Topography of Cripplegate Ward Within
CHAPTER XVIII: History and Topography of Cripplegate Yard Without
CHAPTER XIX: History and Topography of Dowgate Yard
CHAPTER XX: History and Topography of Farringdom Ward Within
CHAPTER XXI: History and Topography of Farringdon Ward Without
CHAPTER XXII: History and Topography of Langbourn Ward
CHAPTER XXIII: History and Topography of Lime-street Ward
CHAPTER XXIV: History and Topogrpahy of Portsoken Ward
CHAPTER XXV: History and Topography of Queenhithe Ward
CHAPTER XXVI: History and Topography of Tower Ward
CHAPTER XXVII: History and Topography of Vintry Ward
CHAPTER XXVIII: History and Topography of Wallbrook Ward