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Thorndon Park Chapel (The Petre Chapel)
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West end of Thorndon Park Chapel
Coordinates: 51°35′55″N 0°19′48″E / 51.5987°N 0.3301°E / 51.5987; 0.3301
OS grid reference TQ 615 914
Location Thorndon Park, near Ingrave, Essex
Country England
Denomination Roman Catholic
Website Historic Chapels Trust
History
Status Private chapel
Founder(s) Lord Petre
Dedicated 1857
Architecture
Functional status Redundant
Heritage designation Grade II*
Designated 20 February 1976
Architect(s) William Wardell
Architectural type Chapel
Style Gothic Revival
Specifications
Materials Ragstone with freestone dressings, tiled roofs

Thorndon Park Chapel (The Petre Chapel) is a former Roman Catholic private chapel situated in Thorndon Park, near the grounds of Thorndon Hall near Ingrave, Essex, England. It is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade II* listed building, and is under the care of the Historic Chapels Trust.

History

The chapel was built as a private chantry chapel and mausoleum for the Roman Catholic Petre family who lived in Thorndon Hall. It was built in about 1850, and dedicated in 1857. The architect was William Wardell. Having become redundant and subject to decay and deterioration, the chapel was given to the Trust by Lord Petre in 2010.

Architecture

Constructed in Kentish ragstone with freestone dressings, the chapel has a tiled roof. Its architectural style is Decorated. The plan of the chapel is L-shaped in three bays, with a vestry and a bellcote on the south side. On the sides of the chapel are buttresses and two-light windows. At the west end is an arched doorway, with carvings in the spandrels, above which is a large three-light window containing curvilinear tracery. The east window is similar. The bellcote is attached to the south wall and consists of an octagonal stair turret, an octagonal highly decorated bell stage with lancet bell openings, and a pyramidal roof. Inside the church is an elaborately decorated roof, including gilded angels. Around the walls of the chapel are the Stations of the Cross on stone panels. The stone altar is integrated into the east wall, with a richly carved reredos above it. Some of the stained glass was made by Hardman, but has been moved into storage.

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