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SM 47/5/43


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


Plan, elevation and section of the railings and supporting wall for a church. The bottom left side has a plan of the top of the wall with the blue railings Above is an elevation on one part of the wall with the foundation stones, a pillar to the left and the railings attached to the wall, awith a railed gate. Above is a plan of the horizontal rail with the socket for the tip. On the right is a part section /elevation of the masonry and rails in profile.


bar scale of 6 inches to five feet


Bethnal Green Chapel / Plan and Elevation of one Half of One of the Carriage Gates. / (This drawing to be returned.) / Pier at the North / West Angle / Level of the Footpath. / Portland [lobed] / Plinth. / Gun / Metal / Steel / Granite Step / Centre line of Gateway / Portland Coping / Brick Pier capped / with Portland Stone / 6” thick. / See Parts at Large / Wrot. Iron 2” sqre.. / Wrot. Iron / Granite / Level of Footpath. / Portland / Stay Bar / For the remainder of the Dimensions / of the Wall, Piers, Railing 7c see the / General Plan, and measurements given

Signed and dated

  • 7 August 1827
    Lincolns Inn Fields / 7’Augt. 1827.

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen, wash, coloured washes of brown, blue, orange, purple, stone and yellow, pricked for transfer, on wove paper (745 x 544)


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


Faded pencil design of an unknown subject





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