Compton Verney Chapel
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: 1631 tomb of Richard and Margaret Verney by Nicholas Stone
There was only one problem with Brown's plan; the medieval family chapel was in the way. Brown demolished the chapel to make for his new garden layout, but thankfully he salvaged many of the family monuments from the medieval chapel. These monuments were incorporated in a new chapel behind the mansion house.
The Compton Verney Chapel is of great historical significance, in part because it is among the very few examples of buildings designed entirely by Capability Brown to survive, and also because so few chapels were built during the Georgian period.
As a side note, if you wander down to the lakeshore, you will find a small obelisk which marks to location of the original medieval chapel. Scattered amid the trees by the lake are gravestones marking the site of the chapel's burial ground.
Compton Verney Chapel is in the process of being restored as this is written. Subsidence within the structure is obvious, and the Verney altar tomb lists at a noticeable angle.
The chapel is only accessible during opening times for Compton Verney House and Gallery, for which an admission is charged. It is well worth visiting the gallery inside the house, but do not miss the chapel!
About Compton Verney Chapel
Address: Compton Verney House, Compton Verney, Warwickshire, England, CV35 9HZ
Attraction Type: Historic Church
Location: In the grounds of Compton Verney House, on the B4086 between Wellesbourne and Kineton. Access during house opening hours.
Website: Compton Verney Chapel
Phone: 44 (0)1926 645500
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
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