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Designs and finished drawings for the 1822 scheme, St Peter's, Walworth, London, 1822 (8)


These eight drawings represent Soane's first attempt at designing a church on the chosen site. From the Office Day Books it can be seen from the 2-16 September 1822 that his office was working daily on these designs.

The plans indicate that this would be a five-by-nine-bay church, as at Holy Trinity Marylebone, with free seats down the centre and the position of the pulpit, reading desk, vestry, and robing room. The same is true for the gallery level. The exterior would use an Ionic portico from the start, and the tower would be brought forward. This meant there was no room for a pediment. The lucarne on the tower at this point in the scheme is placed above the clock face. A frieze of fret would run around the entire building, with a high central hipped roof. The two sections allow the complexity of the roof timbers to be seen, with high trusses. Nonetheless, the interiors have much similarity with Holy Trinity Marylebone, with arched arcades from nave to gallery level, free seats down the centre and the pulpit and reading desk facing each-other at the end of the nave.

Soane was given a budget of £16,000 by the Commissioners for the church. The designs were submitted on September 24 1822, but Soane's estimate of £17,800 was considered too high, and Soane's explanation that the cost could be reduced to £16,000 after the tendering process was not accepted. Consequently, Soane had to revise his designs for the following year.



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Sir John Soane's collection includes some 30,000 architectural, design and topographical drawings which is a very important resource for scholars worldwide. His was the first architect’s collection to attempt to preserve the best in design for the architectural profession in the future, and it did so by assembling as exemplars surviving drawings by great Renaissance masters and by the leading architects in Britain in the 17th and 18th centuries and his near contemporaries such as Sir William Chambers, Robert Adam and George Dance the Younger. These drawings sit side by side with 9,000 drawings in Soane’s own hand or those of the pupils in his office, covering his early work as a student, his time in Italy and the drawings produced in the course of his architectural practice from 1780 until the 1830s.

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Contents of Designs and finished drawings for the 1822 scheme, St Peter's, Walworth, London, 1822 (8)