Rolls Building in Chancery Lane
Rolls Building in Chancery Lane
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Rolls Building in Chancery Lane
A view of the front elevation of the Rolls Building or Rolls House in Rolls Court off Chancery Lane, Holborn. Designed by Colen Campbell (1676-1729), the building dated from 1724 or earlier. It had three storeys plus a basement and was seven windows wide with an entrance door in a slightly projecting portico.The house was the residence of the Master of the Rolls, a senior judge originally responsible for keeping the "rolls" or records of the court of chancery. It was demolished in 1896 and part of the former Public Record Office, now the Maughan Library of King's College London, occupies the site. The building visible at the right edge of the picture is part of the incomplete Public Record Office, which still exists. A wooden hoarding, possibly part of the construction work, is visible between the two buildings. A dog is curled up by some planks and rubble on the ground. A person is visible at the second window from the left on the top floor, behind some pot plants. A new Rolls Building judicial court complex that opened in 2011 stands near the site. Dating from 1853-55 by Sir James Pennethorne and with an extension in 1891-6 by Sir John Taylor, the Public Record Office was Grade II* listed in 1970; listing number 1359155.
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