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Sandham Memorial Chapel

Harts Lane, Newbury RG20 9JT, England
+44 1635 278394
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I would imagine for a fan of this artist it is amazing. I went knowing nothing about him and to be... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
richardsJ8147EJ
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Newbury, United Kingdom
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Spencer - Divine and Domestic

The Sandham Memorial Chapel has frescoes to rival Italy's finest yet there is a flavour of homespun... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
SarahTeacake
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Reading, United Kingdom
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  • Excellent59%
  • Very good29%
  • Average9%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
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“stanley spencer” (62 reviews)
“national trust” (25 reviews)
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Harts Lane, Newbury RG20 9JT, England
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I would imagine for a fan of this artist it is amazing. I went knowing nothing about him and to be honest the artwork did nothing for me. I was in and out in ten minutes. Okay as I am local but had I travelled...More

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SandhamMemorialChape, Manager at Sandham Memorial Chapel, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for taking the time to post your review of Sandham Memorial Chapel but sorry to hear that Stanley Spencer's paintings failed to impress you. We are glad to hear that our guides tried to engage your interest by explaining the background to the...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

The Sandham Memorial Chapel has frescoes to rival Italy's finest yet there is a flavour of homespun amid the holiness. Wounded soldiers from the conflict at Salonika grasp thick, comforting slices of white bread and jam whilst behind the altar their fallen comrades relinquish their...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

NT taking good care of this unique chapel built to display the work of Stanley Spencer and his experiences during First World war . Try to visit on a bright day to see much more and see more of the colours- luckily we did!

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Wonderful atmosphere. Not too many people. Amazing paintings, capturing the spirit of World War One, in less we’ll known locations. Good, helpful guides. A really good antidote to overcrowded Highclere.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Our first visit and what a gem. Fascinating paintings by Stanley Spencer (19 altogether) of his experiences as a medical orderly in WWI. Very good interpretation boards telling the history of how the paintings came to be here. Stanley Spencer also designed the chapel itself....More

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We hadn't been for several years and the chapel now benefits from a small exhibition centre with background information and a toilet (but no cafe). Free to National Trust members(£9 otherwise). Stunning murals of Spencer's WWI experiences in Macedonia in this small specially memorial chapel....More

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Reviewed 26 March 2018 via mobile

This is a national trust property and we weren’t familiar with the artist prior to the visit. The murals are very large and full of details. There are binoculars available to help you to appreciate them. We had allowed an hour to visit this site...More

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SandhamMemorialChape, Chapel Steward at Sandham Memorial Chapel, responded to this reviewResponded 2 April 2018

We're so glad to hear you had a good time at the chapel. Everyone always says how they see new details in the paintings every time they see them so we hope you'll be able to come back again soon. And yes, we do recommend...More

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Reviewed 15 March 2018

The Chapel is the home of Stanley Spencer's amazing paintings of his experience in the First World War- both as a hospital orderly in Bristol, and as an infantryman in Macedonia. Despite the horrors of that war, the paintings celebrate the ordinary events of the...More

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SandhamMemorialChape, Chapel Steward at Sandham Memorial Chapel, responded to this reviewResponded 2 April 2018

Thanks for your visit, we hope to see you again soon!

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Reviewed 20 February 2018

Sometimes you don't appreciate the things that are close to home. This is one of those places you know about but never visit as its nearby. Really worth a visit. The history alone is interesting and then there is the artwork... When you first see...More

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Reviewed 4 January 2018

The dramatic and unusual Stanley Spencer wall paintings are exceptionally moving. Try and go at an off-peak time to appreciate the deep messages he conveys; this is a place to be quietly appreciated.

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