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West Ham Church 39a

West Ham Church 39a

Artist: [Chatelain, J.B.]

Medium: Ink wash on paper

Date: 1760

Shelfmark: K Top Vol. 13

Item number: 39a

Length: 37

Width: 58

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Topographical Drawing

View of the village of West Ham, showing some terraced houses and the south east view of West Ham Abbey Church. The figures are well detailed in this view. In the late 18th century West Ham was a favourite residence of merchants and wealthy citizens, and in the returns of the King's surveyor of houses and windows there were 700 house in the parish, of which 455 were mansions and 245 were cottages. In his Handbook to The Environs of London in 1876, James Thorne describes the church: 'West Ham Church (All Saints) stands in the midst of the village, in a sort of broadway, two main streets running right and left of the wide churchyard. It is a large building, the basis ancient, but much of the fabric modern, and as a whole a poor patchwork-looking pile. It comprises an early nave, to which a common builder's brick aisle, with round-arched windows, has been added on the south, the Perpendicular north aisle remaining of stone; a modern chancel of red brick, and a good old Perpendicular west tower, 74 ft. high, in 3 stages, square, with a tall angle turret, and battlemented. The tower has a large west window of good Perpendicular details, and contains a peal of 10 bells.' The artist is most probably J.B.Chatelain, who did many buildings and street scenes in the suburbs of London between 1740 and 1760.

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