Oxhey Chapel
Oxhey Chapel
Somewhat hemmed in by modern housing and the parish church and vicarage is this early 17th century chapel, built to serve nearby Oxhey Hall. The builder was Sir James Altham, who chose a site formerly occupied by a medieval monastery.
The building is crafted of alternating squares of flint and brick, creating a lovely, subdued chequerboard pattern. The chapel was damaged by Cromwell's men in the Civil War. The Parliamentary soldiers used the chapel as a storehouse, and stripped the roof of lead to make musket balls.

The chapel is a lovely time-capsule of 17th century taste, with unrestored architecture and fittings. There is some residue of a late Victorian renovation, but for the most part what you see is what Sir James intended.

The west door, roof, chancel tiles, communion rails, and font are all 17th century. There are two memorials; one to Sir James Altham (d. 1616) and another to his wife Helen (d. 1638). The effigies of the deceased are arranged so that they kneel, facing each other. The fantastic reredos dates to 1688, and was built by reusing wood from Oxhey Hall. It is designed with twisting columns beneath a broken pediment.

The chapel is not used for regular worship and is cared for by the Churches Conservation Trust. The key can usually be obtained from the parish church office.