King's College Chapel, University of London

Iron columns, decorated with brass

Sir George Gilbert Scott

Interior attributed to Clayton & Bell


King's College Chapel, University of London

Since King's College London was founded to provide students in the capital with a Church of England university education, its chapel has always been integral to the main Strand building. Strategically placed on the first floor above the Great Hall, it is reached by an impressive double staircase from the main entrance. However, the chapel as originally built here by the college's architect, Robert Smirke, was designed along ecclesiological lines, and by the middle of the nineteenth-century it was considered to be too low church and plain. In 1859 therefore, application was made to the influential architect George Gilbert Scott for a more impressive design. [Commentary continues below]

Photograph and text Jacqueline Banerjee

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