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  • image SM 54/4/26

Reference number

SM 54/4/26


[99] Design for the steeple/tower at Holy Trinity Church, Marylebone, London, copied 25 October 1826 and 22 November 1826


Plan, elevation and section of a church tower. On the left-hand side of the sheet are three plans aligned one above each other. The bottom plan is square and shows the bottom portion of a tower with the position of the corner columns. The middle plan is square with a circular interior and the corners show the projections for the architrave. Above is a square plan giving the upper register of the tower, with a circular interior showing the position of eight encircling columns On the right-hand side the tower is divided between an elevation on the left and a section on the right, with part of the elevation also recurring. The tower has a rusticated base with an arched opening at the base. The first tier has a louvre and roundel above, whilst the architrave is supported by columns on each corner, each supporting an individual entablature, and a panel of fret runs across the top. Soane caps and pinecone finials are on each corner above. The second tier has a rusticated base with a lancet window and the architrave is supported by engaged Corinthian columns. Above is a dome with caps around the base, and this is surmounted by a finial. The section elements shows the different stones and also the metal rods securing the outer dome


bar scale of 1 inch to 5 feet


Copy. This drawing shews the enlarged design for the Steeple, referred to in / the detailed Estimate delivered to Mr. Soane, 29th. August 1825 and for / the executing of which I am to receive the sum of Six Hundred and / Forty Eight Pounds, beyond the amount of my Contract amounting / to £19, 524:- signed D. Sharp. _ _ . Richard Hall. / W. Craib (Grail?). / Plan on the line A. B. / Approved / Communal (?). / Seal / York Corbel. / 6 Inch York Landing/ Joggled Joint / Joggled Joint / Plan on the line C. D. / 4 Inch /york Landing / 6 Inch York Landing /6 Inch / york Bond /Plan on the line E.F. / Lead. / Lead. / The whole of the Masonry / above this Plinth will be / of Portland or Bath Stone. / York Corbel /6” Inch York Stone / Portland / A B / Bath Stone / C. Chain Bar. / 1 1/4 In Square. / Portland / C D / Portland Stone. / Portland / York Bond / Portland / E F / C.C.C. Chain Bars / run with Lead / Portland Stone. / Portland. and measurements are given

Signed and dated

  • 25 October 1826 / 22nd November 1826
    L.I Fields. 25th.October 1826. / 22nd Novr. 1826.

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen, red pen, wash, coloured washes of brown, Payne’s grey, orange, pink and stone, and pricked for transfer on wove paper (757 x 542)


Probably Burchell, S., draughtsman
Soane Office Day Book has Burchell working on a drawing ‘of an improved steeple for Marylebone Church’, and the letter types conform to Burchell’s hand


This drawing is also a contract for the construction of the tower, given to Daniel Sharp, and seems to involve an additional expense above his contract. The later date of 22 November 1826, is placed below where the Commisioners seal would be adhered. This arrangement is also seen on SM 54/4/21, and SM 54/5/3 where an original seal is attached.



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