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  • image SM 47/5/18

Reference number

SM 47/5/18


[57] Design for the roof of St John’s, Bethnal Green, London, January 1826, February 1826


Plan of a church of five-by-nine-bays with two rear projections. At the front is shown the masonry surround and stone landings for the organ gallery. The left side of the plan shows the metal slates arranged horizontally for the flat gallery roof, and vertically arranged narrow strips of metal over half of the central pitched roof to be placed over the nave. The right side of the plan shows the arrangement of the trusses, joists and beams to support both the central pitched and flat gallery roof. Both the rear projections are shown with vertically aligned metal slating


bar scale of 1 inch to 5 feet


Bethnal Green Chapel VVIII/25 / Plan of the Roofs &c. / signed. John Soane / Robert Streather / approved by [_ _ _ _ ] / Comiss. / Plan of the Steeple &c. on the line A. B. See Section 13 / The Red Lines shew the width of the Portland Stone Cornice. / Portland Cornice / Opening for / Skylight. / 6” York drawings / York / Corbel / 6” York Landings sunk to form Drip / Opening for / Skylight. / Opening / for / Skylight. / Opening / for / Skylight. / Entrance / into Roof. / m m / h h / l / l / m m / m m m / k / n / r / n / r / n / r / s s s s / SeeSpecifn.. / For the Scantlings of the/ Timbers of the Roofs. / See Section 19. / Bath Stone / Bath Stone / Lantern / Light and some measurements

Signed and dated

  • January 1826
  • February 1826
    Jany. 1826 / Lincolns Inn Fields / February 1826.

Medium and dimensions

Pen, red pen, wash, coloured washes of blue, light blue, brown, orange, pink and yellow, pricked for transfer, on wove paper (739 x 524)


Probably SOANE, Sir John (1754--1837), architect
Probably Soane Office, draughtsman
The Soane Office Day Book for January 1826 records: Bailey, Burchell, Davis, Mocatta, and Richardson as working on designs for St John's, Bethnal Green





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