Precinct of the Savoy

Precinct of the Savoy
Savoy St John the Baptist

  1881–1921 7 acres (0.028 km2)
  1881 245
  1901 166
  1921 33
  1881 35/acre
  1901 24/acre
  1921 5/acre
  Abolished 1922
  Succeeded by City of Westminster (parish)
Status Extra-parochial area
Civil parish (1866 – 1922)
Contained within
  District Strand (1855–1900)
  Poor Law Union Strand (1836–1913)
City of Westminster (1913–1922)

The Precinct of the Savoy, also known as Savoy St John the Baptist,[1] was a component of the Liberty of the Savoy in the metropolitan area of London, England. It was located between the Strand and the River Thames. Formerly extra-parochial, it was a civil parish between 1866 and 1922. It now forms part of the City of Westminster in Greater London.


The area was occupied by Savoy Palace, the Savoy Hospital and the Queen's Chapel of the Savoy.

To the south it had a boundary with the River Thames, to the east with the parish of St Mary le Strand, to the west and north with the parish of St Clement Danes. The boundary in the north was formed by the Strand. It was within the Savoy ward of the Liberty of the Savoy.


The precinct of the Savoy formed part of the Liberty of the Savoy and was part of the Duchy of Lancaster.

The parish was effectively merged with St Mary le Strand from 1564 to 1727 when the inhabitants shared the Savoy Chapel, becoming known as "St Mary Savoy"[2] and appearing in the bills of mortality from 1606.[3] In the early 18th century an attempt was made to formally combine the parishes. This was opposed and never carried out. The parishioners of St Mary le Strand were made to renounce their claim before they were permitted to use the Savoy Chapel again.[4] The matter was finally resolved when a new church of St Mary le Strand was constructed. "Precinct of the Savoy" appears in the bills of mortality from 1728.[3]

In 1855 the precinct of the Savoy was included within the area of the Strand District and became part of the Metropolitan Borough of Westminster in 1900. It was abolished as a civil parish in 1922.

It now forms part of the City of Westminster in Greater London.


  2. London in the nineteenth century, (1829), Jones & Co.
  3. 1 2 Collection of Yearly Bills of Mortality, from 1657 to 1758 Inclusive, A. Miller, (1759)
  4. The Church chronicle, a monthly record of Church life and Church work, (1869)

Coordinates: 51°30′35″N 0°07′12″W / 51.5097°N 0.1200°W / 51.5097; -0.1200

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