Killerton Chapel, Killerton House, Devon

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On a visit to Devon in 2016 we visited Killerton House, and in the grounds we found a Neo-Norman style chapel.  Its quite a large building and just seems to rear up from the ground, I wasn’t too sure what we would find inside, but it turned out to be quite interesting.   I have added some history about the chapel.  


A little history………In 1841, Sir Thomas Dyke Acland commissioned architect C.R.Cockrell to design the chapel you see today, as the chapel used previously at Columb John was inconveniently distant in poor weather.   C.R.Cockrell was renowned for his classical style, but reluctantly agreed to copy the Norman chapel of St Joseph of Arimathea at Glastonbury.  Cockrell and Sir Acland bickered often about the design and the construction.  The interior of the chapel is unusual for an English church, as serried ranks of seating face each other across the aisle rather than facing the altar. The congregation could all see each other; the Aclands, their guests, their senior servants, their lower servants, their estate workers and tenants.




16 Replies to “Killerton Chapel, Killerton House, Devon”

  1. Well, this is interesting. I’ve often wondered what the ruined Lady Chapel at Glastonbury (on the site of what was known as Vetusta Ecclesia or Old Church) might have looked like. They’ve captured the bare bones here but its severe and Puritan finish fails to capture the exuberance that the original would have had with its painted stonework mimicking the colourfulness of wooden models. And the architectural design is much obscured by the dark wooden pews, panelling and barrel vault, all of which dominate the observer’s vision.

    The facing pews don’t upset me though, possibly echoing the arrangement of Glastonbury’s monastic choir (after all, such chancels were often called ‘quires’ for obvious reasons).

    Anyway, pedantic rant over, thanks for drawing attention to this, Lynne!

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