Once I was a clever boy learning the arts of Oxford... is a quotation from the verses written by Bishop Richard Fleming (c.1385-1431) for his tomb in Lincoln Cathedral. Fleming, the founder of Lincoln College in Oxford, is the subject of my research for a D. Phil., and, like me, a son of the West Riding. I have remarked in the past that I have a deeply meaningful on-going relationship with a dead fifteenth century bishop... it was Fleming who, in effect, enabled me to come to Oxford and to learn its arts, and for that I am immensely grateful.

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Wardour Chapel Open Day November 9th

On November 9th the chapel of All Saints at Wardour Castle is holding an open day, and affording an opportunity for visitors to see this beautiful late eighteenth century Catholic Chapel. The website fot the Chapel can be viewed here.


Wardour Chapel


Wardour is the ancestral home of the family of the Lords Arundell of Wardour (the title itself became extinct in 1944) and the property passed to the Lords Talbot de Malahide.Today the great house, having been leased for many years to a school, is divided into eight luxury apartments.

There is an account of the Arundell peerage here and there is more about this remarkable family in the post  The Lords Arundell of Wardour - ancient English Catholic recusant family of Cornwall and Wiltshire from the blog Roman Christendom.

The spectacular Palladian New Castle at Wardour was built between 1769 and 1776 by the 8th Lord Arundell builder, who employed James Paine as his architect. The chapel, integral to the house, was  extended by Sir John Soane in 1789-90, and incorporates an altar by Giacomo Quarenghi, an italian who had done work in St Petersburg. there is an account of the house here.

The chapel will be open 10am-5pm, and Mass will be celebrated at 10.30am by Fr Dominic Robinson S.J.

In addition there will be a display of the superb collection of historic vestments which belong to the chapel, ranging in date from the 15th to the 19th centuries, and the organ, dating from 1791, will be played at intervals during the day.

Admission is £10, but Friends and their guests are free, although adonation would be appreciated.
Wardour is in south-west Wiltshire, 3 miles from Tisbury, and 5 miles from the A303.

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