Visit to Sandham Memorial Chapel and Basildon Park

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After the First World War Stanley Spencer wanted to execute a series of paintings depicting his experiences in the Royal Army Medical Corp and later in the front line in Greece. Louis and Mary Behrend built Sandham Memorial Chapel for her brother who died in Macedonia and commissioned Spencer to decorate it with his murals. There are 19 paintings altogether. The chapel is now administered by the National Trust.

Basildon Park, near Reading, is an 18th century mansion in the Palladian style. It was saved from ruin in the 1950’s by Lord & Lady Iliffe and now houses a fine collection of paintings, furniture and textiles including Graham Sutherland’s studies for ‘Christ in Glory’, the tapestry in Coventry Cathedral. The house featured in the 2005 film adaptation of ‘Pride & Prejudice.’ There is a National Trust restaurant where lunches and teas are available.

Venue details

Sandham Memorial Chapel
Harts Ln Burghclere Newbury Gwent RG20