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  • image SM 47/5/16

Reference number

SM 47/5/16


[34] Design for shortened tower for St John’s, Bethnal Green, London, 17 July 1827


Half-elevation and half-section and two plans for the tower of the church. On the left side is a part-elevation and part-section of a two tiered tower for a church with columns supporting the first tier topped with caps and pinecone finials, and has a shuttered louvre window beneath a roundel. The second tier has banded masonry and a lancet window, and it is surmounted by a dome and topped with a finial. On the right are two plans placed one above the other, showing the arrangement of columns, and corresponding to each tier of the tower


bar scale of 2 inches to 5 feet


Bethnal Green Chapel XV/25 / The whole of the Steeple to be of Bath Stone excepting/ the parts expressed to the contrary on this Drawing Elevation of Side / Portland Stone / A B / Portland Stone / C D / Portland Stone / Section / Brick- / work / York Corbel / 6” York Landing / York / Bath Stone / Portland / Louvre Board see Specification / a / b / Po(r)tland / Plan on the line AB / Roof / York Coping / 6” York Landings / with joggled joints run with lead / York Landing weathers to form drip / Portland Coping / ab} Chain Bar 11/4 Square / c} Chain Bar ¾ Sqre / Plan at C D / Portland Cornice / joints joggled & run with lead / Lead / Portland and measurements given

Signed and dated

  • 17 July 1827
    This is the only date recorded in the Soane Office Day Book that has anyone working specifically on designs for the steeple at St John's, Bethnal Green

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen, red pen, wash, coloured washes of Cerulean blue, orange, pink and stone, pricked for transfer, on wove paper (725 x 528)


Probably Stephen Burchell (1806 - c.1843), draughtsman
The Soane Office Day Book for 17 July 1827 has Burchell working on drawings for the steeple at St John's, Bethnal Green



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