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  • image SM 47/5/5

Reference number

SM 47/5/5


[7] Design for the principal front of St John’s, Bethnal Green, London, February–April 1827


Elevation of the principal western front of the church with five bays, with transomed arch-topped windows in each end bay and three entrance doors, all divided by giant pilasters with accentuated capitals. Atop the roof is a wide base with a two-tiered tower: the first with pilasters on each corner and a shuttered louvre and clock face, and the second tier is topped with a dome surmounted by a weather vane. The roofline and tower are ornamented with caps with pinecone finials


to a scale of 1 inch to 5 feet (calculated from 0.2 inches to a foot from the 4 foot wide front bay window)


Bethnal Green Chapel IV/25 / Elevation of the West Front / Portland Plinth, York Steps, Bath Stone / The Ground Line / Portland Stone / Bath Stone / Portland Stone / A February 28th 1827. R. Streather / See Drawing No15 / Bath Stone / Portland Stone / B April 11th 1827 R. Streather / Portland Stone / C April 30th 1827 R. Streather and measurements given

Signed and dated

  • 28 February 1827
    February 28th.. 1827 / April 11th.. 1827 / April 30th 1827.
  • 11 April 1827
  • 30 April, 1827

Medium and dimensions

Pen, coloured washes of blue, Cerulean blue, stone and yellow, pricked for transfer, on wove paper (731 x 525)


Probably Soane Office, draughtsman




This somewhat faded design shows a fully truncated tower with windows from the 1826 revision whereby Soane used the designs from St Peter's Walworth. The differing dates on the tower level with Robert Streather's signature may well form a contract whereby Streather intended to complete the construction of that aspect of the tower.



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