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Photograph of the wooden lectern with plaque in King's College ChapelThe Rogers Lectern in King's College ChapelClose-up photograph of the brass plaque engraved with inscriptionPlaque on the lecternKing's has a close connection with Dr Joseph Rogers, a key figure in the history both of the Cleveland Street Workhouse, and of workhouse medicine more generally. Rogers was the medical equivalent of Florence Nightingale for workhouse infirmaries. His brother Thorold Rogers was Professor of Economics at King's College in the late 19th century, and a Member of Parliament.

Significantly associated with both Thorold and Joseph Rogers is a lectern which does daily service in King's College Chapel (Strand Campus). It was carved from a tree that grew in the garden of their parental home in West Meon, Hants, and carries inscriptions commemorating both men and their father, George Vining Rogers, who had been a local medical man and man-midwife for many years. The lane leading to their old family home there is still called Doctor's Lane.

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