A world famous chapel containing Stanley Spencer’s visionary paintings tucked away on the AONB boundary.

This modest red-brick building tucked away in a quiet corner of Hampshire houses an unexpected treasure: an epic series of large-scale murals, by the acclaimed war artist Stanley Spencer.  Built to honour the ‘forgotten dead’ of the First World War who were not remembered on any official memorials, the series was inspired by Spencer’s own experiences at the Beaufort Hospital in Bristol and on the Salonika front.

Outside the front of the chapel there are views across to Watership Down, the original orchard with old apple varieties and a beautiful wildflower meadow – a lovely spot for a picnic!

This is a National Trust property – check their website for opening times.  The Chapel is close to Highclere Castle, Beacon Hill and Watership Down so presents a good opportunity for combining with other activities for a full day out.

Further Information

Sandham Memorial Chapel | National Trust

Grid Reference:  SU463608
What3Words:  scenes.aviators.stuff
Postcode:  RG20 9JU

Image: Visitors at Sandham Memorial Chapel Credit: National Trust Images / James Dobson