The History and Antiquities of London, Westminster, Southwark, and Parts Adjacent, vol. 4

Allen, Thomas

1827

The Pantheon.

This theatre was originally built in , and opened on the : the designs were by James Wyatt, esq. and near

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persons of the highest rank and fashion assembled on this occasion to admire the splendid structure, which contained rooms, exclusive of the rotunda. The latter had double colonnades or recesses for the reception of company; and in niches around the base of the dome were statues of the heathen deities. In , it was used for part of the

commemoration of Handel,

the other part being performed in Westminster-abbey. Soon after it was used as an Opera-house, and on , it was destroyed by an accidental fire. It was soon after rebuilt. In (), this theatre was opened with Mr. T. Dibdin's opera of the

Cabinet.

The company and band were excellent, but so many interests were opposed to its success, that in a short time the proprietors were obliged to close the house at a loss of The theatre since that time has been in a deplorable state of decay. The front exhibits a neat portico and pediment, supported on Ionic columns. In the middle story is a central Venetian window. A plain attic terminates the whole.

 
 
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 Dedication
CHAPTER I: Site, local divisions, and government of the City of Westminster; history of the Abbey; Coronation Ceremonies; and lists of the Abbots and Deans
CHAPTER II: Westminster Abbey, and Description of the Tombs and Monuments
CHAPTER III: History and Topography of St. Margaret's Parish
CHAPTER IV: History and Topography of St. John's Parish, Westminster
CHAPTER V: History and Topography of the parish of St. Martin's in the Fields, Westminster
CHAPTER VI: History and Topogrpahy of the parish of St. James, Westminster
CHAPTER VII: History and Topography of the Parish of St. Anne, Westminster
CHAPTER VIII: History and Topography of the parish of St. Paul, Covent Garden
CHAPTER IX: History and Topography of the Parish of St. Mary-le-strand
CHAPTER X: History and Topogrpahy of the parish of St. Clement Danes
CHAPTER XI: History and Topography of the parish of st. George, Hanover Square
CHAPTER XII: History and Topography of the Precinct of the Savoy
CHAPTER XIII: History and Topography of the Inns of Court
CHAPTER XIV: History and Topography of the Precincts of the Charter-house and Ely Place, and the Liberty of the Rolls
 CHAPTER XV: Historical Notices of the Borough of Southwark
CHAPTER XVI: History and Topography of the Parish of St. Olave, Southwark
CHAPTER XVII: History and Topography of the parish of St. John, Southwark
CHAPTER XVIII: History and Topography of the parish of St. Thomas, Southwark
CHAPTER XIX: History and Topogrpahy of the parish of St. George's, Southwark
CHAPTER XX: History and Topography of St. Saviour's Parish
CHAPTER XXI: History and Topography of the parist of Christ-church in the County of Surrey
 CHAPTER XXII: A List of the Principal Books, &c that have been published in Illustration of the Antiquities, History, Topography, and other subjects treated of in this Work
 Addenda et Corrigienda
 Postscript