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Sandham Memorial Chapel

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Address: Harts Lane, Newbury RG20 9JT, England
Phone Number: +44 1635 278394
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A wonderful setting for a truly awesome piece of art. The chapel houses a great work by Sir Stanley Spencer - a very moving portrayal of war and its consequences. We first... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
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Cannock, United Kingdom
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Cannock, United Kingdom
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69 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A wonderful setting for a truly awesome piece of art. The chapel houses a great work by Sir Stanley Spencer - a very moving portrayal of war and its consequences. We first visited many years ago when the opening of the chapel was very ad hoc depending on volunteers from the village. Now the NT have taken over, the opening... More 

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Thank TallBloke68
SandhamMemorialChape, Manager at Sandham Memorial Chapel, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your review and for having taken the time to post this. I am pleased that you found the works undertaken since your last visit an improvement. I am afraid that whilst the National Trust own the paintings we do not own the copyright, hence our not being able to allow visitors to take photographs. I... More 

Southampton, United Kingdom
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195 reviews
60 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016 via mobile

If you are interested in the work of Stanley Spencer this is a must. Although the chapel itself is quite small the quality of the paintings / frescoes depicting as they do his experiences as a hospital orderly and serving overseas during the First World War are quite stunning.The gardens outside are tranquil and ideal for a picnic.

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SandhamMemorialChape, Manager at Sandham Memorial Chapel, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your lovely review. As a Spencer fan this is such an important place so I am so pleased you managed to get to come and see this special place and then tell others about it too. The garden was created in 2014 as part of our First World War anniversary project and many people like... More 

London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

Sandham Memorial Chapel is a very special hidden gem situated just off the A34 near Highclere Castle. At first you walk around a beautifully extended room separated from the main chapel itself which is full of rich history, facts and information which is marvellously displayed in a clear and exciting way. As you walk into the superbly restored chapel, you... More 

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SandhamMemorialChape, Manager at Sandham Memorial Chapel, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your fabulous review of our special place. It sounds as though you were as inspired as we are everyday. It really is a very special place and thanks to you and others who kindly review us I hope even more people will be tempted to come and experience this unique National Trust property. More 

New Orleans, Louisiana
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26 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

The chapel is beautifully decorated from scenes that depict images from WWI. Unfortunately the chapel is only open at certain times and I recommend you visit the website to check opening times before visiting. Parking is restricted and there are no onsite toilets or facilities, however the local pub offer these. The chapel is small and so the number of... More 

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SandhamMemorialChape, Manager at Sandham Memorial Chapel, responded to this review

Thank you for your review and for taking the trouble to write about your visit. You are correct that we are not open all of the time, but broadly Wednesday - Sunday 11 - 4 from March to October. We are also open weekends from 11 - 3 in November and December. We do have a car park opposite the... More 

Andover, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

Small and beautifully formed! It looks modest from the outside but the chapel interior painted by Stanley Spencer will impress and you can take some time to sit and take it in at your leisure. There's an attractive garden at the rear and the entrance rooms which were once cottages now have an interesting historical display. No tearoom at our... More 

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SandhamMemorialChape, Manager at Sandham Memorial Chapel, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the trouble to write your review and for your positive response to this very special place. I am pleased you took your time exploring the incredibly detailed images which are full of stories. Whilst we do not have a tea room I am pleased you found the pub opposite to provide refreshment. More 

london
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

This chapel painted by Stanley Spencer is well worth a visit, its just off the A34, if you are going that way. Beautiful art work and quite moving.

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SandhamMemorialChape, Manager at Sandham Memorial Chapel, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your review and for popping in to see us. It is a fantastic place and with our new garden and events programme there is lots going on into the future. More 

Wiltshire, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 134 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2016

We stopped by as we were in the area. Wasn't sure what to expect. Interesting display of facts in a couple of the rooms and a video recording to watch if you want to. The back garden is nice to stroll around, very small but quiet and pleasant. The chapel itself is small and the walls covered with paintings. There... More 

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SandhamMemorialChape, Manager at Sandham Memorial Chapel, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your review. Many people stumble across us en route so I am pleased you did too. Our back garden is very new so do come back and see us another time to see how it has developed. We also have a new events programme so do look at our website to see what is going... More 

Worcestershire
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22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016

National Trust property. It is a memorial chapel to the forgotten Macedonian campaign of the First World War and painted entirely by Stanley Spencer. The information boards and the guide in the chapel were wonderful - there is still so much I was unaware of about the First World War. It is very close to Highclere. It is an unusual... More 

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SandhamMemorialChape, Manager at Sandham Memorial Chapel, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your review. Sandham is indeed a very special and thought provoking place. I hope you will come back and see us again in the future. More 

Aldershot, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016 via mobile

Excellent place to visit for seeing Spencers art. The building itself is a pretty simple box shape chapel , So if your thing is flashy architecture this is not for you. But if you like great British art this is amazing. Loads of painted scenes to study. There is a basic guide to the paintings but learning a bit before... More 

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SandhamMemorialChape, Manager at Sandham Memorial Chapel, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your review. I am so pleased you found our iconic chapel and its paintings so inspiring. Our newly created exhibition which I hope you saw is designed to give the chapel and the paintings context as otherwise it can be a bit overwhelming. We also do monthly talks which can be booked through our website,... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016 via mobile

I have been wanting to visit this chapel for so long. Having visited the Matisse Chapel in Vence (which I would highly recommend if you're visiting Nice, France), I was interested in Spencer's vision for an intimate place of worship. The chapel is easily found and the car park is directly opposite. Watch out, as it's not clearly signed and... More 

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