St Peter's Chapel Appeal
St Peter’s Chapel dates from the thirteenth century, and is the oldest part of Holy Trinity easily accessible today. It has three original lancet windows and a large window in its south gable, known as ‘the American window’, the money for its installation having been raised by appeals to American donors at the end of the nineteenth century. The lancet windows contain fine modern glass, and the American window – unveiled by the US ambassador in 1896 – contains panels representing among other things the landing of the Pilgrim Fathers, and inscriptions commemorating pioneers of American colonisation.
The Chapel is presently divided into two parts by the screened-off clergy vestry at the south end, which is to be moved into a new extension to the Church currently under construction. The removal of the vestry will allow us to restore and refurbish the Chapel, re-establishing its ancient dimensions and providing a sacred space for small group worship, both for the congregation and the wider community. This would include daily services, and provide a venue for weddings with a small attendance, and for renewals of wedding vows, as well as for private prayer.
The Chapel was re-dedicated in 1920 in memory of those who fell in the First World War. It contains memorial tablets to the fallen, including one commemorating personnel of the Royal Shakespeare Company. The planned restoration includes moving the vestry screen to the south wall, the repair and refurbishment of an unusual late sixteenth-century tomb with its inscription in four languages (English, Hebrew, Greek and Latin), and the restoration of a medieval altar recess and a notable arts-and-crafts aumbry with enamel-work decoration. In addition, it will be necessary to provide a new altar, seating, and furnishings. Please click here to see an artist's impression of how the restored chapel will look.
The Parochial Church Council (PCC) has committed its reserves to building the extension on the south side of the nave to accommodate the vestry, toilets and essential storage, with work underway already, and to urgent repairs, currently in progress, to the stonework of the church’s north porch. In addition, repair work will soon be required to the Chapel’s south gable. The PCC has therefore asked the Friends of Shakespeare’s Church to seek funding for the restoration of the Chapel interior.
The total cost of restoration of the interior is likely to be in the order of £70,000.
If you would like to make a donation by cheque, please make it payable to "Friends of Shakespeare's Church" and send it to: The Parish Office, Old Town, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, CV37 6BG.
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