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Reference number

SM 47/5/57


[5] Design for the principal western front of St John’s, Bethnal Green, London, June 1825


Plan on the left of the first tier of the tower, an elevation of the west front of the five-bay church with small latticed square-and round-topped windows at vault, nave and gallery level, a three-door entrance, and the front is divided by six giant pilasters with accentutated capitals. Above is a three-tiered tower design with shuttered louvre and clock face, supporting pillars, and pilasters, pinecone finials and caps, surmounted by a dome and weather vane. To the right an elevation for an alternate truncated tower with dome and weather vane. To the left of the sheet is a pencil design of an unknown subject


bar scale of 1 inch to 1 feet bar scale of verso ½ inch to 5 feet


Elevation of the principal Front of a Design for a new Church to be erected in the Parish of St. Matthew. Bethnal Green / No. 4/ 0(8)? and measurements given Blue Clay / at 30.0 / Hoard / Mould &c.. / Landing. / Clay and Gravel. / Clay / Sand / South Side / North Side and measurements and some calculations given

Signed and dated

  • June 1825
    Lincolns Inn Fields. / June. 1825.
  • 24 June 1826
    (verso) 24th. June 1826.

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen, red pen, wash, coloured washes of olive green, Payne’s Grey, pink, stone and yellow, pricked for transfer, on wove paper; Verso: Pencil, pen, Cerulean blue, orange, and sepia (746 x 540)


Possibly Soane Office, draughtsman
The Soane Office Day Books record throughout June 1825, Burchell, Davis and Richardson working on designs for St John's Bethnal Green


Three elevations. The bottom shows the outline of the side of the church and includes the ground. The central elevation shows the south wall, and the top elevation shows the north wall with some pen additions at each end, and to the left a faded pencil design of an unknown subject, and at the bottom near the centre a faded pencil design, perhaps for a footing, and in the bottom right corner a faded pencil design of an unknown subject




Carr, 1976 Vol. II p. 425; Vol. III p. 885, fig. 258
John, 2003, pp. 64 fig. 64, 65



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