This section of the page features an image gallery, so if you're using a screen reader you may wish to jump to the main content.
World famous chapel containing Stanley Spencer's visionary paintings
This modest red-brick building tucked away in a quiet corner of Hampshire houses an unexpected treasure – an epic series of large-scale murals, by the acclaimed war artist Sir Stanley Spencer.
Built to honour the 'forgotten dead' of the First World War, who were not remembered on any official memorials, the series was inspired by Spencer’s own experiences as a medical orderly and soldier on the Salonika front, and is peppered with personal and unexpected details. The paintings took six years to complete in all, and are considered by many to be the artist’s finest achievement, drawing such praise as 'Britain’s answer to the Sistine Chapel'.
The chapel still holds services three to four times a year, the most important of these being the annual Remembrance Day event.
Outside the chapel there's a traditional orchard and wildflower meadow with views across to Watership Down; a great setting for a leisurely picnic. Alternatively, the more energetic amongst you might like to follow in Spencer’s footsteps around the village of Burghclere, and take in some of the sights and places that he lived, loved, and was inspired by whilst completing his masterpiece.
Although we welcome photography in the chapel grounds, the paintings are copyright to Stanley Spencer's estate. So, unfortunately, the taking of photographs inside the chapel building is not permitted.
A range of postcards and guidebooks depicting the paintings are, however, available to buy from our shop.