- The drawings from the office of Sir John Soane
The reorientation was due to the poor condition of the soil on the east-west axis, which is the widest part of the land on this location. It is also the case that the Church seems hemmed into the space, which is itself further hemmed-in by the surrounding Albany Street and Osnaburgh Road.The front of the Church is therefore accessed from the narrower side road. It could be argued orientating the Church so the entrance is on the south side and onto a major artery made the entrance more accessible. For example, now there could be a far wider carriage drive and pedestrian walkway, as well as giving a far more impressive view of the church front as it is more prominent from the main road.
The north-south orientation would not be unprecedented on the New (now Marylebone) Road. Thomas Hardwicke's earlier Parish Church was also built on a north-south axis.
Sir John Soane's collection includes some 30,000 architectural, design and topographical drawings which is a very important resource for scholars worldwide. His was the first architect’s collection to attempt to preserve the best in design for the architectural profession in the future, and it did so by assembling as exemplars surviving drawings by great Renaissance masters and by the leading architects in Britain in the 17th and 18th centuries and his near contemporaries such as Sir William Chambers, Robert Adam and George Dance the Younger. These drawings sit side by side with 9,000 drawings in Soane’s own hand or those of the pupils in his office, covering his early work as a student, his time in Italy and the drawings produced in the course of his architectural practice from 1780 until the 1830s.
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Contents of Designs and finished drawing for the site for Holy Trinity Church, Marylebone, London, August-November 1825 (4)
-  Design for the site of Holy Trinity Church, Marylebone, London, 31 August 1825
-  Design for the site of Holy Trinity Church, Marylebone, London, 10 September 1825
-  Design for the site of Holy Trinity Church, Marylebone, London, copied 20 October 1825
-  Finished drawing for the site of Holy Trinity Church, Marylebone, London, 13 November 1825