St Paul, Stansted

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The Chapel of St Paul, Stansted is built on part of the foundations of the old mansion of Stanstede, where King John and Queen Elizabeth I halted in their Progresses. 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 Agnes. The Old Testament symbolism in the interior is there because the Revd Lewis Way, then owner of Stansted, wanted to use the chapel in his mission to convert the Jews. The chapel is believed to be the only church in England with the Ten Commandments written in Hebrew on stone tablets on the wall.

The chapel is now in the care of the Stansted Foundation, but it is occasionally used for the dedication of civil marriages held in the house.
 

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For enquiries about Wedding Blessings at Stansted, please contact the Stansted Park Office. For Church enquiries please contact the vicar.

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Only open to the public when Stansted House is open. A fee is payable

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A Church Near You ID: 5161
Diocesan ID: BP0711
Built: Consecrated in 1819 and incorporating the remains of a C15 brick house
Architect: Reordered by Goodhart-Rendel
Style of worship: Central
Archdeaconry: CHICHESTER (101)
Deanery: WESTBOURNE (10108)
Benefice: Octagon (10/249BR)
Parish Legal Name: Octagon (100571 )
CofE Church Info: (610313 10/323)
Short URL: acny.uk/5161/
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The current editor is: Edward Mynors

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St Paul Follow brown heritage signs to Stansted Park, Stansted, West Sussex, PO9 6DX

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