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  • image SM 47/8/14

Reference number

SM 47/8/14


[59] Survey drawing of pulpits, St Peter's, Walworth, London, and pulpits from three other London churches (Marylebone New Church, St, John's Wood Church in Lisson Grove, and All Souls, Langham Place) , 31 August 1827


Plan and elevation of pulpits from four churches. On the left-hand side is an elevation of a pulpit from St Peter's, Walworth. On the top right-hand side there is a plan for a reading desk from Marylebone New Church. On the left-hand-side there is an elevation of a pulpit with a square base from Marylebone New Church. Beneath is an elevation of a pulpit for Lisson Grove Church. At the bottom is an elevation of a pulpit with a flat base for Langham Place Church


to a scale


St. Peters Church Walworth / floor line / Langham Place Church / Pulpit & Desk the / same size and hight / also St.Mary. / Bryanston Square / floor line / Sisson Grove Church / floor line / Pulpit & / Desk the / same hight / Marylebone New Church / Reading Desk / Clerks Desk / Floorline / Floor / Pulpit / floor and measurements given

Signed and dated

  • August 31 1827
    August..31st.. 1827

Medium and dimensions

Pen on wove paper (372 x 224)




This survey drawing offers a small typology of some contemporary church pulpit designs. One is for another Soane Commissioner Church, Holy Trinity Marylebone, which was still in the process of construction and proper designs were not produced until December 1827 (see SM 54/4/27; SM 54/4/28 for the finished pulpit and reading desk designs). This makes the example here a preliminary design. It is notable the height of the pulpit is the same in all designs.

The pulpit for Lisson Grove Church most likely means St John's Wood Church by Thomas Hardwick (1752-1829) He was the Clerk of Works at the Crown properties of Hampton Court and Richmond. St. John's Wood Church was consecrated in 1814 at a cost of £60,000.

All Souls, Langham Place was a Commissioner Church which was built between 1821 to 1824 by John Nash (1752-1835). It was to be placed on the bend of Langham Place and Regent Street which Nash had previously designed. The text makes reference to an identically sized pulpit for St. Mary's, Bryanston Square in Westminster, which was built by Robert Smirke between 1821-23.

There is an impressed stationers stamp with 'Bath' surmounted by a crown on the top of the sheet by the centre crease on the right-hand side. Soane had made visits to the city of Bath in 1826 for one month, and also in 1829 and may have picked up the paper on one of these visits. However, 'Bath' was a common impressed mark for the period in Britain, and may have denoted the quality of the 'Bath' stationery, rather than have been acquired specifically in Bath.


Barker-Benfield, 2002, 140-1
Port, 2006, pp. 71-2, 79-81
Palmer, 2015, p. 99



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