Visit to Sandham Memorial Chapel and Basildon Park
- Sandham Memorial Chapel |
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
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