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Reference number

SM 54/6/21


[30] Design for the interior, St Peter's, Walworth, London, January-June 1823


Half longitudinal section of the western end of the church. The section shows the church from the foundation levels to the roof, and the bottom half of the tower. The section is divided into grids by the use of red pen, and centred through the five-and-a-half bays which are shown. In the vault there are segmental openings to the windows. At ground floor we see the gallery supported by Doric columns, with arched, transomed windows running through the ground and gallery floors. Two iron posts run from the top of the right-hand two Doric columns through the gallery level to support the wooden cross beam at the roof level. At roof level we see the joists and cross beams, but not the finished roof covering. At the western end external steps are shown in profile giving access to the colonnaded entrance, and a tower above


1/4 inch to 1 foot


Newington Church No.15. (Copied July 1823) / Section on the line. A. B. (on a larger scale) to show the construction. / Inverted Arch / Cap Stone / Paving / Paving / Paving / York Landings / Bond Stone / York Stone / York Stone / York Stone and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • January-June 1823
    Lincolns Inn Fields datable to January-June 1823

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen, red pen, wash, coloured washes on pink, blue and yellow, and pricked for transfer on wove paper (722 x 522)


Possibly Stephen Burchell (1806 - c.1843), draughtsman
The letter forms, especially for upper case -N, -C, and lower case -h, are similar to Burchell's entries in the Soane Office Day Books
SOANE, Sir John (1754--1837), architect


A series of faint pencil post and lintel designs.


At roof level various joist junctions are crossed-through in pencil. This is possibly an annotation in Soane's own hand. Exposed iron post supporting the organ and side gallery are also seen for the first time and are detailed in SM 54/6/26, and also the metal posts supporting the arcade and roof (which would be covered) see SM 54/6/27. Note how the Doric columns supporting the arcade are now unfluted, another cost saving device (see SM 54/6/9).


Dean, 2006, p. 89, 90 fig. 6.11, p. 91 n.21



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