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  • image SM 54/3/12

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SM 54/3/12


[55] Design for the exterior of Holy Trinity Church, Marylebone, London, 5 October 1824


Perspective of a five-by-nine-bay church. The principal front shows steps leading up to a porch of five Ionic columns which are paired at each end. Behind are three panelled double-doors, with the central door being the largest. The end bays have large round-topped windows within relieving arches and are aligned above square-topped windows at vault level. The Ionic columns support a projecting cornice decorated with a frieze of fret. On the side, the first and ninth bays have round-topped windows within relieving arches. Within the second to eighth bays are transomed rectangular windows. Each is framed by engaged Ionic columns supporting a projecting cornice, which is decorated with a frieze of fret. The roof line has a balustrade with sets of turned balusters which are projected above the columned areas. At the front is a tower which rests on a square base. The bottom portion is rectangular with a shuttered louvre and roundel above on each side. The architrave is supported by Corinthian pilasters, and on top a cap has been placed on each corner. Above is a cylindrical portion with lancet windows and the architrave is supported by undecorated Corinthian pilasters. Around the top of the architrave are antefixes, and above is a small dome with a finial on top and surmounted by a weather vane. Behind the tower is a shallow pitched roof Perspective of a five-by-nine-bay church. The western front shows a square-stepped entrance with a porch with fret decoration supported by four Ionic columns, three panelled doors are behind, and the end bays have large arch-topped windows within relieving arches. The side has the tops of the vault windows and above are arch-topped windows within relieving arches on the first and ninth bays, whilst the second to eighth bays have square-topped windows at nave and gallery level, and are flanked by engaged Inonic columns. The roof is framed by a stone balustrade and the roof is low and flat. The tower has a square base, a rectangular first tier with a louvre window and roundel and is supported by Corinthian pilasters. There is a Soane cap and pinecone finial on each top corner. The second tier is cylindrical with lancet windows a colonnade of Corinthian columns and caps around the top. The dome is small and fluted and is topped with a finial and weather vane


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Sketch of a Design for a Church to be erected in the Eastern division of the Parish of St. Marylebone..

Signed and dated

  • 5 October 1824
    5th Octr 1824.

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen, wash, coloured washes of brown, Payne’s grey and stone on wove paper (466 x 454)


Soane Office, draughtsman



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