Sandham Memorial Chapel - National Trust

a photo of the exterior of Sandham Memorial Chapel
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Chapel containing Stanley Spencer's visionary paintings:
* Unique 1920s decorated chapel
* Filled with Stanley Spencer's murals inspired by the experience of First World War
* Internationally recognised monument of British art
* Orchard carpeted with wild flowers, with views of Watership Down
* Stanley Spencer educational resources

Venue Type:

Gallery, Sacred space, Garden, parklands or rural site

Opening hours

Please check the National Trust website before visiting.

Admission charges

See NT website for more details.


  • National Trust

Additional info

Groups by prior arrangement only. No parking on site, parking in lay-by opposite chapel. Access information available.
Stanley Spencer books on sale.

Collection details

Fine Art, Religion, Weapons and War

Key artists and exhibits

  • Murals by Stanley Spencer
Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

Chapel Services

  • 17 May 2016

Sandham is a working chapel having been dedicated on March 25th 1927 by the Bishop of Guildford. There have always been services on Remembrance or Armistice Day and ad hoc ones to mark other special events. There was even a wedding here in 1963. We are now pleased to hold monthly services to which all are welcome. There is no need to book, but as the chapel is quite small space is limited.

Accessibility: There is a portable ramp if needed. For full details of accessibility please see our Access Statement on our website

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


Normal admission charges apply


First World War poetry readings

  • 7 May 2016

First World war poetry read throughout the day by Jonathan Jones, dressed in First World war attire.

Accessibility: There is a portable ramp into the chapel and level access into the reception and exhibition areas. For full accessibility details see our Access Statement on our website.

Suitable for

  • 11-13
  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+


Normal admission charges apply


Ceramic tile painting workshop & Chapel talk

  • 31 May 2016 10am-4pm

Ceramicist Piet Van den Beuken whose work is influenced by the classic Delft blue & white palette provides the essence of this workshop. Commencing with a short tour of the paintings in the chapel you will then hear about the history of tiles and the processes from design to completion. Working with Piet and inspirational materials you will design and paint 4 tiles which will be glazed and fired and sent to you after the event. Materials & a sandwich lunch is included.

What to bring/wear: Perhaps have a think about what design you would like to apply on your tiles. Feel free to bring a sketch, text, photo or clipping and Piet will help you to transfer this to your tiles

Accessibility: There is full access to all parts of the site. See our full access statement at

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children


£60 per person


Sandham Memorial Chapel - National Trust
Harts Lane
nr Newbury
RG20 9JT




01635 278394

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