Autumn at Sandham Memorial Chapel

Sandham orchard apple close up

Rustling leaves and ripening apples abound at the site of 19 celebrated murals that honour the ‘forgotten dead’ of the First World War. Like the artist himself you can experience some of Stanley Spencer’s favourite country haunts using a leaflet and map available for a suggested £1 donation.

The orchard
Apples have been thriving in the orchard at Sandham Memorial Chapel for nearly a hundred years. The trees are said to ‘groan’ with the weight of fruit. Among the boughs, you’ll find local varieties such as Lane’s Prince Albert and the Newtown Wonder.


To secure the future of the orchard, the trust took cuttings from the original apple trees. These were then planted in the orchard in 2015. As autumn progresses and the rains begin, you might spot a number of different fungi popping out of the ground around the trees.


Walk in Stanley’s Footsteps
See the sights that Stanley once enjoyed around the village of Burghclere. On a designated route, you’ll find the house where Stanley and his wife Hilda lived during the painting of the chapel, the old railway line that ran past the chapel and the station it served, and the parish church with its window engraved by Laurence Whistler – one of his last works before his death in 2000.


To follow this route, you can pick up a Walk in Stanley’s Footsteps leaflet and a map from the chapel for a £1 suggested donation. Please note that normal admission applies.