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|Located near Amport in Hampshire|
|Type||Manor house, Chaplaincy Centre|
|Owner||Ministry of Defence|
|Controlled by||Ministry of Defence|
|Garrison||RAF Maintenance Command
Armed Forces Chaplaincy Centre
The current house was built near the village of Amport in 1857 by the Marquess of Winchester and replaced two earlier houses built on the site. The gardens were designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens and planted by Gertrude Jekyll. The last of the family to reside at Amport was Henry Paulet, 16th Marquess of Winchester, marquess from 1899 to 1962.
The house is built in an Elizabethan style and is now a Grade II listed building, with the interior containing several Elizabethan features including some intricate plasterwork. The gardens were designed by Edwin Lutyens and contain ornate water features, yew hedging, topiary and a knot garden incorporating the coat of arms of Winchester. There is also a gatehouse and a pleached avenue of lime trees, believed to be the longest such avenue in the United Kingdom.
During World War II the house was taken over and used as the headquarters of Royal Air Force Maintenance Command. In 1962, the Royal Air Force Chaplains' School moved to Amport House from Dowdswell Court in Cheltenham. The School, which had included a Royal Navy chaplain staff member, became the tri-service Armed Forces Chaplaincy Centre in 1996 on the closure of the regimental Headquarters and depot of the Royal Army Chaplains' Department at Bagshot Park.
A converted stable block of the house also holds the The Museum of Army Chaplaincy.
- Royal Air Force#Branches and trades
- Bishop to the Forces (Anglican)
- Bishopric of the Forces (Roman Catholic)
- Military chaplain#United Kingdom
- International Military Chiefs of Chaplains Conference
- Religion in the United Kingdom
- "Ministry of Defence | About Defence | What we do | Defence Estate and Environment | MOD Film Locations | South | Amport House". Mod.uk. 2010-11-19. Retrieved 2012-06-22.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Amport house.|
- Armed Forces Chaplaincy Centre. Defence Academy of the United Kingdom official website
- Who we are: Amport House. RAF Chaplains official website