Felbridge, Surrey: unexecuted design for a chapel for James Evelyn, 1786 (2)
The simple, symmetrical design for a chapel with internal dimensions of 36 x 18 feet has a pedimented Doric porch at the west end, three semicircular-arched windows to the north side, a semicircular-arched south door flanked by semicircular-arched windows and, at the east end, a smaller semicircular-arched window beneath a wide Diocletian window below an open-bed pediment. Internally, the chancel and Mr Evelyn's pew are each framed by a pair of Doric columns and pilasters. Soane's Order Book 2 has an entry under 7 May 1787 (p.70) viz. 'Mr Evelyn Calld & wishes / Mr Soane to make out a drawg / of end of Chapel & call on him / at Bennet St St James'. Evelyn called a week later '& wishes / Mr Soane would make a sketch for his Chapel ...' (p.82).
An entry in Soane's Account Book 1781-86 reads: '1786 / May 25th a Jo[urney] to Felbridge to / design a Chapel'.
Soane's Ledger A has two entries dated 21 June and 24 July 1786 viz 'Left at the Half Moon Inn in the Boro' / 1 ^ fair Plan & 4 Elevations on a sheet of / paper of a Design for a Chapel / 1 Section of do on ½ sheet of paper' and 'Sent another fair ^ drawing of a design for the Chapel / with the particulars & Estimate of / the same / Making another Estimate of the quantity / of Brick & timber &c ....... / Jan: 28: 1788 [estimate sent] Ag[ain] Sep. 1 1789 / [estimate] Sent Ag:[ain] [estimate sent again] July 30 1792' A sum of '8.8.0' for the designs is noted. The implication of the re-sending of the estimate three times without result is that Evelyn had lost interest in the commission.