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Sandham Memorial Chapel

Harts Lane, Newbury RG20 9JT, England
+44 1635 278394
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Overwhelming

We arrived on a sunny day last week. As we approached the building I thought it was closed as it... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Lesley S
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Farnborough, United Kingdom
Little gem

What a great place to visit. It’s quite a shock when you walk through the door a real eye opener.iv... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Newburyjean
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Newbury, United Kingdom
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  • Excellent59%
  • Very good29%
  • Average9%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
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“first world war” (22 reviews)
“stanley spencer” (66 reviews)
“national trust” (25 reviews)
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Harts Lane, Newbury RG20 9JT, England
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+44 1635 278394
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"amazing paintings"
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"introductory film"
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"small exhibition"
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"apple trees"
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"wall paintings"
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"war scenes"
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"natural light"
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"each piece"
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"take your time"
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"rich history"
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We arrived on a sunny day last week. As we approached the building I thought it was closed as it was very quiet and looked as through no one was there. The entrance is from around the back of the building, and you then view...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What a great place to visit. It’s quite a shock when you walk through the door a real eye opener.iv been twice and I’m still finding things in the painting I didn’t see before well worth a visit

1  Thank Newburyjean
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Designed by Spencer specifically to hold his work, the building was commissioned as a 'temple to artistic endeavour' and later dedicated to Lieutenant Henry Willoughby Sandham (brother of commissioning Mary, married to Louis Behrend) who died at the end of the first world war but...More

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Reviewed 11 May 2018 via mobile

I would imagine for a fan of this artist it is amazing. I went knowing nothing about him and to be honest the artwork did nothing for me. I was in and out in ten minutes. Okay as I am local but had I travelled...More

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SandhamMemorialChape, Manager at Sandham Memorial Chapel, responded to this reviewResponded 13 May 2018

Thank you for taking the time to post your review of Sandham Memorial Chapel but sorry to hear that Stanley Spencer's paintings failed to impress you. We are glad to hear that our guides tried to engage your interest by explaining the background to the...More

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Reviewed 7 May 2018

The Sandham Memorial Chapel has frescoes to rival Italy's finest yet there is a flavour of homespun amid the holiness. Wounded soldiers from the conflict at Salonika grasp thick, comforting slices of white bread and jam whilst behind the altar their fallen comrades relinquish their...More

1  Thank SarahTeacake
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Reviewed 24 April 2018 via mobile

NT taking good care of this unique chapel built to display the work of Stanley Spencer and his experiences during First World war . Try to visit on a bright day to see much more and see more of the colours- luckily we did!

1  Thank Richard Stewart N
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Reviewed 17 April 2018

Wonderful atmosphere. Not too many people. Amazing paintings, capturing the spirit of World War One, in less we’ll known locations. Good, helpful guides. A really good antidote to overcrowded Highclere.

1  Thank Andrew S
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Reviewed 16 April 2018 via mobile

Our first visit and what a gem. Fascinating paintings by Stanley Spencer (19 altogether) of his experiences as a medical orderly in WWI. Very good interpretation boards telling the history of how the paintings came to be here. Stanley Spencer also designed the chapel itself....More

Thank Mike N
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Reviewed 15 April 2018 via mobile

We hadn't been for several years and the chapel now benefits from a small exhibition centre with background information and a toilet (but no cafe). Free to National Trust members(£9 otherwise). Stunning murals of Spencer's WWI experiences in Macedonia in this small specially memorial chapel....More

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Reviewed 26 March 2018 via mobile

This is a national trust property and we weren’t familiar with the artist prior to the visit. The murals are very large and full of details. There are binoculars available to help you to appreciate them. We had allowed an hour to visit this site...More

Thank MarpleTraveller
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SandhamMemorialChape, Chapel Steward at Sandham Memorial Chapel, responded to this reviewResponded 2 April 2018

We're so glad to hear you had a good time at the chapel. Everyone always says how they see new details in the paintings every time they see them so we hope you'll be able to come back again soon. And yes, we do recommend...More

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