Hanover Chapel

Hanover House on Regent Street replaced Hanover Chapel, an extremely grand, early nineteenth-century place of worship which was designed by the great Charles Cockerell in 1823 (not 1832 as the inscription states) soon after his return from a prolonged Grand Tour.   The first stone was laid on 20 June 1823.   It opened in 1825.   Its design was applauded by J. Britton and A.C. Pugin in their book The Public Buildings of London, published shortly afterwards:  ‘At a time when the extravagant and corrupt style of Louis XIV, or the architecture of our less cultivated ancestors, engage by turns the taste of the public, we hail, with the utmost satisfaction every endeavour to naturalise to our climate and our uses the purer taste displayed in Greek buildings…’

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