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SM 47/5/9


[28] Design for the south side and tower of St John’s, Bethnal Green, London, January and February 1826


Longitudinal section of the church of nine bays from the vaults through the nave and gallery to roof level. The two-tiered tower is at the western end with columnar supports for the first tier with a louvre and roundel above, and it is topped with caps and pinecone finials, while the short second tier is surmounted by a dome and finial. The section also shows the arrangement of the windows, arcade of arches and column supports, and the timbers for the roof of the nave and gallery. The rear bay is shown in elevation with a side door and stairs leading down to vault level. The three plans above the roof correspond to different tiers of the tower


bar scale of 1 inch to 5 feet


Bethnal Green Chapel VIII/25 / Section through the Centre of the Chapel &c. looking North. / signed. / John Soane / Robt. Streather. / approved by / HM Commisn Seal / Mem: This Section shews the Groins, Landings &c. to the Vaults. With the Entrance to the same at the East end; - For the amount of these Works separate Tender is to be made See Plans No. 1. / 3” York / York Landing / Groined Arch / 3” York Cap Stone / 32 York Paving in Courses. / 6” York Landings / 32 York Paving / Groined Arch. / York Caping / Brick Wall. / Brick Wall / Portland / Portland / A B / York / York Corbel / Partition. / C D / E F / See Drawing No. 15 / Plaster / Plan of the Steeple on the line A. B. / A / A / Plan on the line C. D. / Opening for Skylight / A / A / Plan on the line E.F. and some measurements given

Signed and dated

  • January 1826
  • February 1826

Medium and dimensions

Pencil pen, wash, coloured washes of brown, Cerulean blue, green, orange, red, sepia, stone and yellow, pricked for transfer, on wove paper (734 x 530)


Possibly Bailey, George (1792--1860), draughtsman




Despite being produced at around the same time as SM 47/5/6 the final bay is still a door, whereas on SM 47/5/6 it is a window



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