Sandham Memorial Chapel
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The chapel was built for Mr and Mrs JL Behrend of Burghclere in 1923, as a memorial to Mrs Behrend's brother, Lieutenant Harry Willoughby Sandham. Sandham served in the Macedonian campaign in WWI and contracted an illness which led to his death in 1920.
There are 19 paintings in all, depicting scenes from the everyday life of soldiers at war, leading up to their deaths and ultimate resurrection. They offer a fascinating and touching glimpse into the lives of the soldiers, but are also a very moving example of faith, aside from their value as one of the best examples of English 20th century art on a grand scale.
The chapel is set in a combination wildflower meadow and orchard, with paths leading to Burghclere village. Spencer loved the village and used it as inspiration for many parts of his paintings.
The chapel is used for services 3-4 times per year, including a poignant Remembrance Day annual service.
About Sandham Memorial Chapel
Address: Harts Lane, Burghclere, Newbury, Hampshire, England, RG20 9JT
Attraction Type: Museum
Location: 4 m S Newbury, on A34
Website: Sandham Memorial Chapel
Phone: 01635 278 394
National Trust - see also: National Trust memberships (official website link)
Photo Credit: nick macneill, licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Licence
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