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“Unique and moving.” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Sandham Memorial Chapel

Sandham Memorial Chapel
Harts Lane, Newbury RG20 9JT, England
01635 278394
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Ranked #4 of 33 things to do in Newbury
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Newbury, England, United Kingdom
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“Unique and moving.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

A beautiful memorial to the First World War, about comradeship and the trivialities of war. Pure Spencer. I've been so many times, seen it in all different lights and have enjoyed poetry readings there. I love the fact that Rex Whistler and his brother Lawrence used to watch Stanley working there and Lawrence always wanted to do a window in Burghclere Church. He achieved this in 2000 just before he died. Apparently both boys were influenced by the paintings and wanted to be artists.

Visited July 2013
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Hitchin, United Kingdom
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“Perfect Saturday afternoon”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

Last week in the baking British sunshine we went to see Sandham Memorial Chapel. We would not have known of it's exitence if it were not for a BBC 4 arts programme. It was a very moving and unforgettable experience. The paintings by Stanley Spencer depicted his own personal view of the first world war and had tears running down our cheeks. The staff, who are volunteers I believe need to also be commended as they were not only welcoming and cheerful but had a great deal to inform the audience of about Spencer's life and work. So if you are passing that part of the country give it a go.

Visited July 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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“Stunning and very moving”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2013

What a gem - a beautiful small early 20c building filled with Stanley Spencer's paintings from his experiences in WWI. Some are war scenes, some are movingly domestic. The resurrection scene above the altar is extraordinary and worth a visit on its own. The small garden in the front, with picnic tables under trees planted in memory of Stanley Spencer, is given over to a beautiful wild flower meadow (we counted more than a dozen different flowers and masses of wild orchids - purple spotted and late purple) and is the perfect foil for the rather severe building behind. Worth a visit from anyone interested in 20c painting or architecture, or in WWI. But go soon as the chapel is going to close for almost a year for renovation work this October.

Visited July 2013
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High Wycombe, United Kingdom
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“Best Kept Secret of the NT.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2013 via mobile

It is impossible not to be both moved and intrigued by this memorial chapel. The Spencer paintings are one of the outstanding works of art created in the last century and in a perfect setting. There is no electric light and the effect is wonderful and unique. This is an ideal for a short visit, an hour is probably sufficient time to allow.

Visited June 2013
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Winchester, United Kingdom
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“Grounds very disappointing”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2013

I last saw this wonderful property in 1998 and had a most enjoyable and informative visit greatly assisted by one of the helpful and knowledgeable chapel stewards - BUT the grounds have absolutely gone downhill. The lawns outside the chapel used to be beautifully mown and the orchard area was left wild with magical 'fairy' pathways mown through to give access. All this has gone and it now looks thoroughly unloved and shabby. Wizened plants in pots dotted around the frontage and at the gates some 'sprigs' of Box purporting to be some sort of hedge. Very poor show National Trust. A decent gardener is much needed at this wonderful property. I wonder what Behrend would make of it now?

Visited June 2013
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