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  • image SM 47/5/54

Reference number

SM 47/5/54


[10] Design for St John’s, Bethnal Green, London, June 1825


Ground plan of the nave of the church consisting of five-by-eight bays, showing the individual rooms, staircases, the arrangement and placement of the pews and free seats, reading desk and pulpit, and the communion table in the chancel. Some pencil additions to the rear of the church


bar scale of 1 inch to 5 feet


Plan of the Ground Floor of a Design for a new Church to be erected in the Parish of St. Matthew. Bethnal Green. / No. 1./0 / Front extends / Staircase / Door / Vestibule / Staircase / Free Seat / Free Seat / Free Seat / Free Seats / Pews / Free Seats / Free Seats / Pulpit / Clerk. / Reading Desk. / Communion Table / Robing Room / Lobby / Water Closet. / Landing / Lobby. / Water Closet / Vestry Room and measurements and calculations given

Signed and dated

  • June 1825
    Lincoln’s Inn Fields. / June. 1825

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen, red pen, wash, coloured washes of brown, pink and yellow, pricked for transfer on wove paper (743 x 537)


Probably Soane Office, draughtsman
The Soane Office Day Books for May-June 1825 record Burchell and Davis as working on designs for St John's, Bethnal Green, and in June Richardson was added




Carr, 1976, Vol. II p. 425; Vol. III p. 885 fig. 257



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