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Chapel Of St Peter Ad Vincula

Hob Uid: 1105978
Location :
Greater London Authority
Tower Hamlets
Non Civil Parish
Grid Ref : TQ3355980599
Summary : The chapel of St Peter ad Vincula originally lay outside the walls of the Tower of London but eventually came within its boundaries following extensions by Henry III, and was for the use of the prisoners. From 1354 until 1548 it was a small secular college. It had been first mentioned between 1128 and 1134 as a parish church. It was embellished in 1240 with the installation of large glazed windows and stalls for the King and Queen. Edward I continued with work in 1286-7. Following a fire in 1512 Henry VIII rebuilt it in 1519-20. A major refurbishment was undertaken in 1675-6 with the interior refitted with decorative fittings which unfortunately fell victim to the major "restoration" works of 1876-7. It houses a great number of commemorative monuments to people associated with the Tower of London and is the burial place of some of the Towers more famous prisoners including Anne Boleyn, Catherine Howard, and Lady Jane Grey.
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Source Number : 1
Source : List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest
Source details : DOE Stepney
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Source Number : 2
Source : English Heritage book of the Tower of London
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Page(s) : 33,46,55,104
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Source Number : 3
Source : The London encyclopeadia
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Page(s) : 763
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Source Number : 4
Source : Medieval religious houses in England and Wales
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Page(s) : 432
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Medieval
Display Date : Mentioned 1128-1134
Monument End Date : 1134
Monument Start Date : 1128
Monument Type : Chapel
Evidence : Documentary Evidence
Monument Period Name : Medieval
Display Date : Altered c.1240
Monument End Date : 1240
Monument Start Date : 1240
Monument Type : Chapel
Evidence : Extant Building
Monument Period Name : Medieval
Display Date : Rebuilt 1286-7
Monument End Date : 1287
Monument Start Date : 1286
Monument Type : Chapel
Evidence : Documentary Evidence
Monument Period Name : Medieval
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Monument End Date : 1540
Monument Start Date : 1354
Monument Type : Collegiate Chapel, College Of Secular Priests
Evidence : Documentary Evidence
Monument Period Name : Medieval
Display Date : destroyed by fire 1512
Monument End Date : 1512
Monument Start Date : 1512
Monument Type : Chapel
Evidence : Destroyed Monument
Monument Period Name : Medieval
Display Date : Rebuilt 1519-20
Monument End Date : 1520
Monument Start Date : 1519
Monument Type : Chapel
Evidence : Extant Building
Monument Period Name : Post Medieval
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Monument End Date : 1548
Monument Start Date : 1540
Monument Type : Collegiate Chapel, College Of Secular Priests
Evidence : Documentary Evidence
Monument Period Name : Post Medieval
Display Date : Re-fitted 1675-6
Monument End Date : 1676
Monument Start Date : 1675
Monument Type : Chapel
Evidence : Extant Building
Monument Period Name : Post Medieval
Display Date : Restored 1876-7
Monument End Date : 1877
Monument Start Date : 1876
Monument Type : Chapel
Evidence : Extant Building

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External Cross Reference Source : Listed Building List Entry Legacy Uid
External Cross Reference Number : 206504
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External Cross Reference Source : Unified Designation System UID
External Cross Reference Number : 1357540
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External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : TQ 38 SW 1541
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Related Warden Records :
Related Activities :
Associated Activities : Primary, TOWER OF LONDON: ST. PETER'S CHAPEL
Activity type : WATCHING BRIEF
Start Date : 2014-01-01
End Date : 2014-12-31
Associated Activities : Primary, TOWER OF LONDON: CHAPEL OF ST. PETER AD VINCULA
Activity type : WATCHING BRIEF
Start Date : 2016-01-01
End Date : 2016-12-31