St Lawrence Little Stanmore Whitchurch, Canons Park
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Everyone is welcome to come and worship in or visit the only Parish Church built in the Continental Baroque style. It is home to THE CHANDOS ANTHEMS and THE HANDEL ORGAN!
The Church of S. Lawrence, Little Stanmore alias Whitchurch was almost entirely rebuilt in 1715 by James Brydges, first Duke of Chandos, following his purchase of the Cannons estate in Little Stanmore. Only the tower of the medieval church remains.
The Duke employed fashionable artists of his day to decorate his great mansion of Cannons, then under construction (since demolished). Those same artists - Antonio Bellucci, Louis Laguerre, Francesco Sleter - created the dramatic interior of the church. Walls and ceiling are covered with paintings of biblical scenes, some brilliantly coloured, others in sepia and grisaille. "Trompe - l'oeil" is used to considerable effect.
The splendid woodwork includes an organ case carved by Grinling Gibbons. The Duke was an early patron of George Frederick Handel
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