Congregational Memorial Hall
The Congregational Memorial Hall in Farringdon Street, London was built to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Great Ejection of Black Bartholomew's Day, resulting from the 1662 Act of Uniformity which restored the Anglican church. The two thousand puritan ministers who refused to take the oath of conformity thereby established non-conformism.
The hall was built upon the site of the Fleet Prison in Farringdon Street. It opened in 1875 and served as a meeting place and home for the Congregational Library. Other progressive organisations met there and the Labour Party was founded at a meeting there on 27 February 1900.
In 1978 the Congregational Memorial Hall Trust was established to handle income from Caroone House and then from the capital raised from its sale. The income is used to maintain the Congregational Library (housed at Dr Williams's Library since 1982) and give grants to the three bodies represented on the trust, the United Reformed Church, the Congregational Federation and the Evangelical Fellowship of Congregational Churches.
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