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  • image SM 47/5/37

Reference number

SM 47/5/37


[3] Design for St John’s, Bethnal Green, London, 1825-6


Plan of a rectangular church with round-stepped entrance and two back projections, placed within an insulated space. The church is bordered on the south side by a main road (Green Street), along the top by another main road running from north to south (Hackney Road), with a further road extending away westwards from the front of the church (Church Street), and to the north by the Green


bar scale of 8/10 inch to 10 feet


(in pencil) B / Foot Path / Green Street / Foot Path - / Green / North / Hackney Road / Salmon and Ball / Church St / Meadow and some measurements given

Signed and dated

  • 1825-6
    There are only three site plans, and only one dated example for 1825 (SM 47/5/38), but 1825-6 seems reasonable as this is when designs really started and the site plans can be seen as among the earliest in the design process

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen, wash, coloured washes of green, pink and yellow, pricked for transfer, on wove paper (557 x 374)


Probably Soane Office, draughtsman


This drawing was possibly slightly larger before being slightly torn along theright side



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