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  • image SM 47/5/26

Reference number

SM 47/5/26


[56] Design for the east side and caps for St John’s, Bethnal Green, London, 20 November 1827


Elevation of the east side and two detail elevations caps for the roof. The elevation of the rear of a church of five bays from outlined footings and vault to nave level with two windows on the end bays, gallery level with five windows across, and roof level with a wide stone facing and a smaller plinth with a pediment. There are two elevations in the left corner with the one on the left showing the end of a slated roof with a stone recessed base with a pair of caps, while the second to the right only shows the very end of the roof and pediment with cap and pinecone finial which has been struck through


bar scale of 1 inch to 5 feet


J.S / Mr R. Streather. / agrees to [_ _ _ _ ] [_ _ _ ]. / Church at 4: 10: 0 / with Iron plugs in each / J. S / 1. 3 thick / [qt]? / flue and some measurements given

Signed and dated

  • 20 November 1827
    20 Nov: 1827 This is the date given when Robert Streather agreed to the work, but it cannot be assumed the drawing was executed close to this date. However, it is the only date recorded on the drawing.

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen, wash, coloured washes of Payne’s grey, stone and yellow, on wove paper (745 x 540)


Probably Soane Office, draughtsman
Probably SOANE, Sir John (1754--1837), architect


John, 2003, pp. 65 fig. 66, 66 (gives wrong fig. no. of 56)



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