Sion College, London Wall
Photographer: Dixon, Henry (1820 - 1892)
Medium: Photographic print
"Sion College stands on the site of Elsing Spital, a priory founded in 1332 by William Elsing, mercer, of London. At the dissolution of religious houses it was granted to the Master of the King's Jewels. The house was burnt down in 1541, and no doubt rebuilt soon after. In 1623 it was purchased as a college for the clergy, and almshouses for twenty poor men and women, under the provisions of the will of Dr. Thomas White, Vicar of St. Dunstan's in the West. The library was founded at the sole expense of the Rev. John Simson, one of Dr. White's executors. The greater part of the building was destroyed in the Great Fire of 1666, and the whole is usualy said to have been rebuilt at different times later; but there are clear traces of Tudor work in the entrance, shown in the photograph."
Letterpress by Alfred Marks from 'Photographs of Old London'.