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  • image SM 54/6/4

Reference number

SM 54/6/4


[5] Design for the principal front , St Peter's, Walworth, London, c.September 1822


Elevation of the western (front) end of the church within a landscape. This depicts the entrance with two flights of steps separated by a landing. The entrance is recess behind a screen of four Ionic columns. There are three entrance double-doors with stone surround and architrave, the central door being the largest. To either side of the entrance are single bays containing arched windows within relieving arches. Above is a frieze ornamented with fret. Along the central portion of the roofline is a balustrade punctuated by three balusters, with Soane caps at each end of the coping. Within the balustrade is a tower, consisting of a base, supported by Corinthian pilasters, with an arched and shuttered louvre, and above is a clock face, with the entablature surmounted by further Soane caps. Above this the tower is cylindrical, supported by engaged Corinthian columns, with Soane caps around the top and square headed lancet window. Finally, there is a faceted dome surmounted by a weather vane


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Design for St Peter's Church - Walworth

Signed and dated

  • c.September 1822
    1822 datable to September

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil, wash, coloured washes of blue, green and stone within a quadtuplet ruled border on wove paper (522 x 430)


Possibly Mocatta, David Alfred (1806--1882), draughtsman
Soane Office Day Books record Mocatta and others working on drawings for Newington Church. The looped -C and -h in church conform to Mocatta's hand




This design, being less finished, appears to be a close preliminary variant to SM 54/6/7-8 with the exception of the transomed windows on the other versions. As with Holy Trinity, Marylebone, Soane sacrificed the pediment by bringing the tower to the front of the church and starting with the portico in the Ionic order. The short balustrade around the base of the tower is also an element Soane chose to maintain throughout the designs.



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