This redbrick chapel was purpose-built in the 1920s for the artist Stanley Spencer to fill with paintings inspired by his experiences in WWI. Influenced by Giotto's Arena Chapel in Padua, Spencer took five years to complete what is arguably his finest achievement. The chapel is set amongst lawns and orchards with views over Watership Down. There is no internal lighting, so it's best to visit on a bright day. The architect Lionel Pearson of Adams, Holden and Pearson was also involved in the design of the Royal Artillery Memorial in London.
Facilities – at a glance
Suitable for all child ages
- Suitable for children of all ages
- Parking onsite
- Parking nearby
- Fully accessible
- Facilities: Braille guide, large print guide
- Accessible toilets
- Opening Times: Open Mar-1 Oct, Wed-Fri 11-4, Sat-Sun 11-5, also open BHs 11-4; 2-29 Oct, Wed-Sun 11-4; 30 Oct-17 Dec, Fri and weekends 11-3. Groups (8+) must prebook and are accommodated on Mon and Tue
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About the area
Hampshire’s varied landscape of hills and heaths, downlands and forests, valleys and coast is without rival in southern England. Combine these varied landscapes and terrains with secluded and idyllic villages, complete with thatched and timber-framed cottages and Norman churches, elegant Georgian market towns, historic ports and cities, restored canals and ancient abbeys, forts and castles, and you have a county that is paradise for lovers of the great outdoors.
If you’re a walker, stride out across the high, rolling, chalk downland of the north Hampshire ‘highlands’ with far-reaching views, walk through steep, beech-clad ‘hangers’ close to the Sussex border. Or perhaps take a gentler stroll and meander along peaceful paths through unspoilt river valleys, etched by the sparkling trout streams of the Test, Itchen, Avon and Meon. Alternatively, wander across lonely salt marshes and beside fascinating coastal inlets or, perhaps, explore the beautiful medieval forest and heathland of the New Forest, the jewel in Hampshire’s crown.
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