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  • image SM 54/6/44

Reference number

SM 54/6/44


[63] Design for the children's gallery pews, St Peter's, Walworth, London, c.1825


Plan of the children's gallery (organ area) at gallery level. The four recessed columns across the entrance are visible, as are the internal staircases leading to the organ. Either side of the organ is the arrangement of the choir pews in eleven rows on each side to fit seven choristers on each pew


to a scale


St. Peter's Church Walworth / Plan of the Childrens Gallery / Staircase / Door / 7 (x 22) / Organ / Plan of the Childrens Gallery / 77 / 77 / 154 / sittings and some mathematical additions and measurements

Signed and dated

  • c.1825
    datable to c.1825 in accordance with SM 54/6/46 and SM 54/6/45

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen, coloured washes of pink and yellow, pricked for transfer on wove paper (264 x 281)


Soane Office, draughtsman




This plan shows radical alterations from SM 54/6/46, with long rows of pews to either side of the organ without any gap between those at the back and those at the front, and with increased capacity. Although it is difficult to discern which one came first chronologically, it seems this may be the last drawing for the pew arrangement, as Soane made last-minute additions to the seating arrangements in 1825 prior to the church being consecrated in June.


Carr, 1976, vol. II, p. 420



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