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  • image SM 47/5/38

Reference number

SM 47/5/38


[2] Design for St John’s, Bethnal Green, London, 12 June 1826


Plan of a rectangular church with a round-stepped entrance and two back projections, placed within an insulated space


scale of ½ inch to 5 feet (from 10 feet measurement for the end bay on the left)


Bethnal Green Chapel. / Footpath. / (in pencil) From the top of finished / Ground to the Footpath and the fall is 1 – 9 / Footpath. / Carriage Road, / The Green / Fall north side / from Ground Level / 7’1”- / From top of the finished / Ground to top of Foot / Path the fall is 6’-6” / Fall 7’-1” to 29 ft distance / The Green and measurements and calculations given

Signed and dated

  • 12 June 1826
    Lincolns Inn Fields 12th June 1826

Medium and dimensions

Pencil and pen, pricked for transfer on wove paper (538 x 370)


Probably Bailey, George (1792--1860), draughtsman
Both Bailey and Richardson are recorded in the Soane Office Day Books as working on Bethnal Green Chapel on this day, although Richardson is copying drawings. Without 'copy' on the sheet, this may be Bailey.




This is the only site plan in the group where detailed measurements are given



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