Our Chapel has been in need of renovation for many years; the roof had failed and damp had penetrated many of the walls and important monuments. The general feel of Chapel had become the source of much adverse comment and the sense of dilapidation and decay was hardly a fitting environment for worship and contemplation.
With this reality and the 2017 celebrations in mind, the Governing Body elected to undertake a significant refurbishment from February 2016 with costs being met by the redirection of routine maintenance funds. The intentions are stabilization of the roof, cleaning of all panelling, cleaning of the Jacobean screen and, most importantly, cleaning and preservation of the original Tudor roof-bosses whose intricate detailing has been hidden for centuries.
The full beauty of the surviving detail is slowly being revealed, walls are once again sound, and the photographs give some sense of how stunning the oak interiors and brightly coloured ceiling bosses will appear once fully restored and lit. The Development Office is seeking donations for a commemorative window that it is hoped will be inserted in the fenestration between the Chapel and the Library
One of the conservationists at work on the Rainolds memorial.