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SM 47/5/42


[39] Designs for the iron railings for St John’s, Bethnal Green, London, 7 August 1827


Plan, elevations, sections and details for iron railings for the church, showing at the bottom the placement of the rails on the curbstone, above are the railings with a railed gate, to the right is a section showing the different masonry , above is a plans of a railhead and, and beneath where the bottom rail fits through its standards , and to the left are elevations of a narrow tip, wide spear-tip and pinecone finials. Above is a faded pencil addition of an unknown subject


scale of 11/2 inches to 1 foot (based on the dimension on plan of 6 inches to 4 feet)


Bethnal Green Chapel / This Drawing to be returned / and the Pattern of the Ornamentati / Head, of Railing Bar Standard / & the Stay Bar, to be approved by Mr. Soane / previous to their being Cast / Plan and Elevation of One of the Side Gates / a. Steel Centre / let into / Gun Metal / B. / B. / a / York Steps. / Ground Line / Wrot. Iron. 2 by ¾ / 2” Sqre. Wrot. Iron / Wrot. Iron / Wrot. Iron / Wrot. Iron / 11/2 Diamr / Portland Coping. / See Parts at Large / Section thro one of the / Side Walls shewing one of / the Piers & Stay Bars / Portland Coping / Plan of Head / in the Broadest part. / Bottom Rail A. / Standard / Bottom Rail A. / Side Elevation / rounded / top of Coping / Part of Railing Bar & Standard / (Full Size). / Wrot. Iron / Wrot. Pin / Batto[_ _] / 1[?]/8 Diamr / Wrot. Iron Top Rail 2 ¼ by 5/8 / Coping / 21/2 Sqre.. / A / Dovetailed into Standard / A / 11/2 Sqre / Wrot. Iron and measurements given

Signed and dated

  • 7 August 1827
    L. I. F. 7’ Augt. 1827.

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen, wash, coloured washes of blue, brown, orange, pink and stone, pricked for transfer on wove paper (742 x 542)


Probably Stephen Burchell (1806 - c.1843), draughtsman
The Soane Office Day Book for 7 Agust 1827 records Burchell as working on the railings for St John's, Bethnal Green





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