There has been a domestic chapel at Arley for many centuries. Before 1845 services had been held in the picturesque old building to the north of the house. In 1841 Rowland’s increasing interest in the Oxford Movement and his desire to have religious services regularly conducted in a more ceremonial style and a suitably elevating setting made him feel that he must have a Gothic chapel attached to his house.
He commissioned the London Architect, Anthony Salvin, recognised as one of the authorities on medieval buildings, to design it because he thought that Latham was principally a specialist in Elizabethan architecture. After long and detailed discussions the design of the pulpit, credence and bell tower the existing chapel was built.
The Salvin Chapel was consecrated in September 1845. In 1856-7 the north aisle and entrance porch were added to designs by George Street, another notable ecclesiologist.
The organ was made by Kirtland & Jardine of Manchester.
Services still take place in the chapel, dates will be listed soon.
‘THERE BUT NOT THERE’ at St Marys Chapel, Arley
‘There But Not There’ is the iconic Centenary Commemoration of the end of the First World War and tribute to the Fallen, for Remembrance 2018. Arley Hall & Gardens has chosen to take part in this national commemoration by supporting the charity ‘Remembered’ and their ‘There But Not There’ project.
All monies raised by Remembered, will be shared between six nominated charities. Its mission is to Commemorate, Educate and Heal and so far, it has raised over £2.5 million for charities including Walking with The Wounded, Combat Stress and Help for Heroes. Arley is also supporting the work of the Royal British Legion and their annual Poppy Appeal, through the purchase of the poppies included in the installation in the Chapel.
Through the campaign, Arley pays tribute to John Egerton Warburton, the grand father of Lord Ashbrook, who has never been forgotten at Arley. His name, along with the names of six other local men who died during the First World War, hang on the wall of St Mary’s, the estate’s grade II* listed Chapel.
However, these men will once again join the community they left behind, as part of the national ‘There But Not There’ campaign. A transparent silhouette dedicated to John’s memory will sit on a pew in St Mary’s Chapel and an exhibition will tell his story and that of the other six fallen local heroes.
Lord Ashbrook said it is a poignant and powerful reminder of the contribution these men made to the war effort.
“It is a great honour to be dedicating this space to my grandfather and the other men who lost their lives during the war. It is important we continue to educate all generations about the ultimate sacrifice made by these men.
We hope lots of people will visit and maybe take a quiet moment to reflect in the Chapel. We remember my grandfather within our family, but his sacrifice is obviously reminiscent of thousands of other men,”
Arley’s exhibition can be seen by visitors from October 22. Normal admission fees to Arley apply.