Rolls Chapel in Chancery Lane
Rolls Chapel in Chancery Lane
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Rolls Chapel in Chancery Lane
A view of detail from the east side of the ruined Rolls Chapel, off Chancery Lane, Holborn. The chapel was built on the site of the Domus Conversorum (House of the Converts. This was established by King Henry III in 1232 to provide a residence and chapel for Jews who had converted to Christianity, and the chapel attached to it began the following year. Following the expulsion of Jews from England by Edward I through the Edict of Expulsion in 1290, the Master of the Rolls, a senior judge originally responsible for keeping the "rolls" or records of the court of chancery, became warden of the chapel, which became known as the Chapel of the Master of the Rolls or Rolls Chapel. The chapel was rebuilt in 1617 by the architect Inigo Jones and the poet and priest John Donne preached during the consecration. It was rebuilt again in 1734, altered in 1784 and demolished in 1895. The only remains are an arch mounted on the garden elevation of the Chancery Lane wing of the Public Record Office (PRO) building, some tomb monuments, stained glass panels and a mosaic floor.The PRO building, now the Maughan Library of King's College London, occupies the site.
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