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  • image SM 54/6/13

Reference number

SM 54/6/13


[22] Design for the ground floor, St Peter's, Walworth, London, 1823


Plan of the ground floor and part of the gallery floor. The exterior is five by nine bays. On the principal front there are steps leading to a three-door entrance recessed behind a screen of four columns, flanked by single-bay towers. On the sides there are central staircases providing access to the vaults. The interior of the church is divided into a nave and side aisles by four free-standing columns. The chancel is flanked by towers containing staircase providing access to the gallery level. Within these towers the floor joists are depicted


bar scale of 1/5 inch to 1 foot


Plan of the Church proposed to be erected in the Parish of St Mary. Newington. / (St Peter's Walworth) and dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 1823

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen, pink and yellow washes and pricked for transfer on wove paper (520 x 740)


Soane Office, draughtsman


This plan differs from the 1822 version (SM 54/4/5) by designing the rear with three large bays as opposed to five smaller bays. A staircase has also been added to allow access from the rear. Two staircases on each side which lead to the vaults also appear. Most measurements agree with the 1822 version, but notably the front end bays are narrower, which means the front staircase has been widened (the dimensions of the front steps are not given in the 1822 version), and the internal towers are also slightly wider too. Soane was therefore thinking about certain enlargements and reductions in the sizes of various components whilst keeping the exterior dimensions of the church the same.



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