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  • image SM 54/6/7

Reference number

SM 54/6/7


[6] Finished drawing for the west front, St Peter's, Walworth, London, c.September 1822


Elevation of the (western) front with a single flight of steps. The entrance is recessed behind a screen of four Ionic columns. There are three entrance double-doors with stone surround and architrave, the central door being the largest. Directly above the doors are three windows. The entrance is flanked by arched, transomed windows within relieving arches. Above is a frieze ornamented with fret. The roofline is crowned by four pinecone finials. Above is a pitched roof, in front of which is a solid balustrade with a cap at each end. Within the balustrade is a tower which consists of: a base, an architrave supported by Corinthian pilasters, which have fluted faces, with a clock face, and above is an arched and shuttered louvre, surmounted by a balustrade with two acroteria and pinecone finials. Above this the tower is cylindrical, supported by engaged Corinthian columns, between which is a square headed lancet window. Finally, there is a dome surmounted by a weather vane


bar scale of 1 2/5 inches to 10 feet


No. 3. / The West front of a design / for Newington Church / Extends 70 feet and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • c. September 1822
    John Soane Arch datable to September 1822

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen, wash, coloured washes of blue and stone within a sextuplet ruled border on wove paper (579 x 461)


SOANE, Sir John (1754--1837), architect
With annotations in Soane's hand
Probably Bailey, George (1792--1860), draughtsman
The Soane Office Day Books throughout September 1822 has Bailey and others working on designs for the church. The -N and writing of 'Church' conform to Bailey's hand




This design is a more finished effort, with the windows latticed, and three placed above the three main doors, and the position of the louvre and clock are reversed from SM 54/6/4. The balustrade is narrower and without turned balusters, and a pitched roof is now included, so this is a more ambitious design than SM 54/6/4.



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