CLUMBER PARK CHAPEL

Nottinghamshire

Clumber Park Chapel, Nottinghamshire

The Chapel seems oddly positioned standing in the middle of the vastness of Clumber Park, one of the great parks of the Dukeries. Only small remnants have survived of the building which once accompanied it.

The Chapel was commissioned by the 5th Duke of Newcastle around 1864 and was designed by Thomas Chambers-Hine. This Chapel was not completed and became locally known as the “Pigeon Coop”. It was an embarrassment to the family and eventually the 7th Duke had it demolished and employed the eminent architect, G.F. Bodley, to design a new Chapel – this cost £30,000 (today’s equivalent to around 2.5 million) work finally being finished in 1889. Stained glass is by C.E. Kempe and interior work is largely by Ninian Comper – thus completing a trinity of Church designers who represent the pinnacle of the late 19th/early 20th Century.

The magnificent House that once accompanied the Chapel fell victim first to two disastrous fires and then, more tellingly, to financial disaster during the First World War and the Great Depression. It was demolished in 1938 leaving only the stables and Chapel.

Today, Clumber Park is owned by the National Trust, and the Chapel is administered by English Heritage and are together one of the top attractions of “Robin Hood Country”.

Photo - Andrew J. Müller

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