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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.
About Oxhey Chapel
Address: Gosforth Lane, South Oxhey, Oxhey, Hertfordshire, England, WD19 7AX
Attraction Type: Historic Church
Location: 2 miles south of Watford off the B4542
Website: Oxhey Chapel
Churches Conservation Trust
Photo Credit: John Salmon, licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Licence
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