Liberty of the Rolls

Liberty of the Rolls

  1881 12 acres (0.049 km2)
  1901–1921 9 acres (0.036 km2)
  1881 546
  1901 252
  1921 93
  1881 45/acre
  1901 28/acre
  1921 10/acre
  Abolished 1922
  Succeeded by City of Westminster (parish)
Status Civil parish
Government Master of the Rolls
Contained within
  District Strand (1855–1900)
  Poor Law Union Strand (1836–1913)
City of Westminster (1913–1922)

The Liberty of the Rolls was a liberty, and civil parish from 1866, in the metropolitan area of London, England.

It consisted of the part of the ancient parish of St Dunstan-in-the-West that was in the Ossulstone hundred of Middlesex, the rest was within the City of London. It became a separate civil parish in 1866.[1]

Named perhaps after the ancient Rolls House upon Chancery Lane where the rolls of the Court of Chancery of England were kept, or perhaps, like other parishes, the chapel. The site of the house and chapel became the nucleus of the Public Record Office, now the Maugham Library and Provost's Lodgings of King's College London.

It was grouped into the Strand District in 1855 when it came within the area of responsibility of the Metropolitan Board of Works.

In 1889 the parish became part of the County of London and in 1900 it became part of the Metropolitan Borough of Westminster. It was abolished as a civil parish in 1922. However, its boundary could be readily seen as that area of Westminster which was the conjunction between the City of London and the Metropolitan Borough of Holborn (and later the London Borough of Camden). This apparent territorial anomaly disappeared in 1994 when the Local Government Commission for England altered the border to place all of the area east of Chancery Lane into the City.

See also


  1. Youngs, Frederic (1979). Guide to the Local Administrative Units of England. I: Southern England. London: Royal Historical Society. ISBN 0-901050-67-9.

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Coordinates: 51°30′54″N 0°6′40″W / 51.51500°N 0.11111°W / 51.51500; -0.11111

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