King John’s Court

I have been somewhat perplexed by the gateway which survives in amongst the undergrowth alongside the large Crossrail site just south of Stepney Green.   It turns out that it is all that survives of a chapel which was designed by James Savage and opened in 1831 by Stepney College for the training of Baptist ministers.   It occupies the site of a Tudor mansion which was known as King John’s Court, was moated, acquired by the Marquis of Worcester in 1597, seized during the civil war as a headquarters for the parliamentarians, was the birthplace of Richard Mead, the great eighteenth-century physician, and is currently being excavated:

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There is some lettering on the pediment which may once have said GOD:

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