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  • image SM 54/8/9

Reference number

SM 54/8/9


[16] Designs for the footings at St Peter’s Church, Walworth, London, May 1823


Two drawings for the footings of a church. The bottom drawing shows the tapered arrangement of the sleepers, crop sleepers and steps surmounted by the bottom of a pillar. The drawing above repeats this, but the pillar extends upwards to be met by the horizontal segment. Above is the start of a pillar at ground level. To the right-hand side there are five steps showing the entrance level to the church and ground level


not to scale


9 / Newington Church / floor of Church / present level of Earth / [f?]ooting / P[_ _ ] / Crop Step / Sleeper / Water / Plank / Crop Sleeper / Sleeper / Suppose the Ground to be / raised / 2 foot 8’ above / the present level it will / then require 6 risers 6 / the level of the floor of the / Church at 6 [_ _ _] each (earth?)

Signed and dated

  • May 1823
    datable to May 1823 as it seems to be part of the series with SM 54/8/5 and SM 54/8/7

Medium and dimensions

Pencil and pen (316 x 202)


The letter was written by William Grail


A circular cartouche topped with a crown with two crosses aligned above one another. Inside the cartouche is a single seated figure of Britannia in right profile with a spear against her right shoulder and her out-turned shield on the ground beneath, and she is holding a trefoil plant in her outstretched left hand. The closest, but not identical comparanda, is the watermark of Lloyds & Co datable to around 1805.


W. Churchill, 1935, 76, no. 235, p. 207 no. 235



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