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12 November 2019Sandham Memorial Chapel and Whitchurch Silk Mill
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07 October 2019OVERNIGHT VISIT TO CORNWALL
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04 April 2017THE MARY ROSE
22 November 2016 WINDSOR CASTLE AND THE QUEEN'S WARDROBE
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16 June 2016 CHISWICK HOUSE, LONDON
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Sandham Memorial Chapel and Whitchurch Silk Mill
Tuesday 12 November 2019

Visit to Sandham Memorial Chapel and Whitchurch Silk Mill Tuesday 12th November 2019

Sandham Memorial Chapel is in the village of Burghclere, Hampshire, England. It is a grade I listed 1920s decorated chapel, designed by Lionel Godfrey Pearson. The chapel was built to accommodate a series of paintings by the English artist Stanley Spencer.

Sandham is home to what is arguably the most important series of paintings by the modern British artist, Sir Stanley Spencer (1891-1959). The chapel is a temple to the genius of Spencer, who wanted to express in paint his military experience during the Great War.

The nineteen canvases, which took six years to complete, are unique in that they depict everyday routine rather than the horror of combat. His initial posting as a medical orderly at Beaufort Hospital in Bristol instilled in him a sense that the everyday and the menial could bring him closer to God.  His wartime service took him to Macedonia where he continued service as a medical orderly and later as an infantryman. 

 The gardens at Sandham have provided a place for calm and reflection for over ninety years.  They continue to evolve; providing a tranquil space for wildlife, comfort and contemplation. At the front is the original orchard garden, planted with apple trees and wildflowers when the chapel was constructed. To the rear is the Garden of Reflection, planted in 2014 to commemorate the centenary of the First World War.

The orchard contains a wealth of historic apple trees, flanking the brick path to the chapel, with many rare and unusual varieties.  As well as providing food and shelter to local wildlife, the orchard rewards us with an abundance of apples each autumn - with a mixture of eaters and cookers, varieties include Bramley, Lane’s Prince Albert, Charles Ross, American Beauty, Newton Wonder, Ellison’s Orange and the elusive Winter Banana.

Whitchurch Silk Mill

Whitchurch Silk Mill is the oldest silk mill in the UK still in its original building. A gem of industrial heritage in beautiful, rural Hampshire, Whitchurch Silk Mill is a Georgian water mill that weaves silk using 19th century machinery.

Victorian Machinery & Exhibition. Our weaving shed’s historic layout was designed to fit a large number of looms in a small space, to increase productivity and reduce running costs. The power looms were manufactured between the 1890s and 1960s. It can take at least three weeks to thread up a loom before weaving can begin. The weaving itself is a relatively quick process; it is possible to weave five metres of plain silk taffeta a day.

Riverside Café

Original Mill Wheel

The Mill Shop

The gardens

£45 including coffee and buffet lunch

(£9 extra for non-NT)