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SM 47/5/56


[22] Design for the vault at St John’s, Bethnal Green, London, 8 October 1825


Plan of the vaults of the church of five by nine bays with projecting wings and rear staircase. Hatched crossed-lines denote the groined arches of the vaults around the sides, and a grid-pattern of vaults is in the middle. On the bottom right are corner stairs leading to the upper levels of the church. Some pencil additions including a coffin in a vault to the left of the door leading to the rear staircase


bar scale of 1 inch to 5 feet


Design for a new Church to be erected in the Parish of St. Matthew. Bethnal Green. / No. 3/0 (8?) / Plan shewing the Vaults &c”.. (Design No.2 These vaults to be omitted) / Steps to Vaults. / Door. and some measurements

Signed and dated

  • 8 October 1825
    Octr. 8. 1825. Probably added later when Soane argued the vaults could be omitted to bring down the cost

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen and pink wash, pricked for transfer on wove paper (752 x 547)


Probably Soane Office, draughtsman




John, 2003, pp. 65 fig. 67, 66-7



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