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  • image SM 47/5/6

Reference number

SM 47/5/6


[27] Design for the south side of St John’s, Bethnal Green, London, February 1826


Elevation of the south side of the church of nine bays. Beneath the ground line are the outlines for the footings and foundations. The body of the church has nine bays with round- topped and square transomed latticed windows. The tower at the western end is the same as SM 47/5/5 but it is in profile, and the church has a shallow roof with skylights. The roofline and tower are adorned with caps with pinecone finials and skylights are placed on the roof


bar scale of 1 inch to 5 feet


Bethnal Green Chapel V./25 Copy. / Elevation of the Flank. / signed. John Soane / Robt. Streather / Brick area / Portland Curb. / Ground Line / Portland Plinth, average 9 inches bed.. / Portland Plinth / Ground Line / Bath Stone / Bath Stone / See Drawing No 19 / Bath Stone / Strongly Cramped to the Brickwork / See Drawing No 19 / Brickwork / Brickwork / Bath Stone. / Bath Stone. / Bath Stone / Portland Stone. / Bath Stone. / Portland. / For Steeple.. / See Drawing No 15. / Portland Skylight / Entrance / to Roof / See Specification and measurements given

Signed and dated

  • February 1826
    Febry 1826. / approved Commisr/ Seal / Janry. 1826.

Medium and dimensions

Pen, red pen, wash, washes of Payne’s grey, sepia, stone and yellow, pricked for transfer, on wove paper (738 x 525)


Probably Soane Office, draughtsman
Throughout January and February 1826 Davis, Burchell, and Mocatta were working at various points on designs for St John's, Bethnal Green.


John, 2003, pp. 64 fig. 65, 66



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