St Nicholas Cole Abbey with St Nicholas Olave, London Genealogy

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St Nicholas Cole Abbey with St Nicholas Olave, the church of, is situated on the south side of Old Fish Street, Doctors' Commons...  There was a church on the same site prior to 1377...when it was rebuilt. The church was destroyed by the great fire of 1666, and the present church built by Sir Christopher Wren.  It was finished in 1677, and is the first church built and completed after the fire.  The church is a rectory, the advowson of which was anciently in the dean and chapter of St. Martin Le Grand; but on grant of that collegiate church to the abbot and canons of Westminster, the patronage devolved to that convent, in whom it continued till the dissolution of their monastery, when it devolved to the crown, in which patronage it is present.  After the great fire, the parish of St. Nicholas Olaves [see that church] was united to this, which is a rectory of very ancient foundation.. the united rectory is in the city, diocese and Archdeaconry of London, and the advowson is, from the before named Union of parishes, in the alternate gifts of Lord Chancellor, for the crown and again and chapter of St. Paul's.


[Adapted from: topographical dictionary London by James Elmes; published 1831]