St Paul, (Stansted)




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Cuckfield Road, Staplefield, West Sussex.

Grid reference: 475985, 110195, View on: Google Maps, Open Street Map, Streetmap, National Library of Scotland Map or Oldmaps.


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Building information:

Built: 1812-15.

Architect: Thomas Hooper.

Style: Gothick of brick, rendering and stone. Battlemented porch turrets. Plaster vaulting.

Current use: Worship.


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The chapel is built on part of the foundations of the old mansion of Stanstede, where King John and Queen Elizabeth 1st halted in their progress. When the new house was built in 1680, the ruins of the old house were converted into a brewery.
The brewhouse was converted into a chapel in 1812 and consecrated in 1815, then reconsecrated in 1819 at a service attended by John Keats, who was inspired by the building to write his poem The Eve of St Mark. The Jewish symbolism in the interior decoration was installed by Lewis Way, whose ambition was to convert the Jews to Christianity. The chapel is believed to be the only church in England with the ten commandments in Hebrew on stone tablets on the wall. From Church website..

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