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  • image SM 54/6/5

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SM 54/6/5


[3] Finished drawing for the ground floor, St Peter's, Walworth, London, September 1822


Plan of the ground floor, being five-by nine-bays. On the entrance front, the central three bays are recessed behind a colonnade of four columns, accessed by an external staircase, and flanked by towers containing internal staircases. The interior of the church is divided into a central nave, flanked by side aisles, articulated by free standing columns, and containing pews. Between the pews, along the centre of the nave, are two sets of free seats. At the end of the pews is a pulpit placed opposite a reading desk. To the rear of the church the chancel is flanked by a robing room and vestry


bar scale of 1 2/5 inches to 10 feet


No. 1 / Design for the new Church at Newington / This front extends 70 feet / This front extends 130 feet / The Staircase / Vestibule / The Staircase / Vestry room / Staircase to the gallery / Water Closet / Staircase / Robing room. and dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • September 1822
    John Soane Archt Sep. 1822

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen, wash, and yellow wash within a sextuple ruled border on wove paper (571 x 457)


Possibly Mocatta, David Alfred (1806--1882), draughtsman
The Office Day Books for 2nd September 1822 mentions Mocatta as working on drawings for plans of the 'proposed' church, which is the only mention of any plans for any church in this month
SOANE, Sir John (1754--1837), architect
Drawing annotated by Soane.




This is the first plan of the nave level of the church, with external dimensions of the church given, which follows a similar pattern to the other Soane churches with a rectangular nave, free seats down the centre - here the parishioners using them would be facing the paid pews in the centre - and the more restricted space for the chancel.



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