Thorndon Park Chapel

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Thorndon Park Chapel (The Petre Chapel)
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West end of Thorndon Park Chapel
Thorndon Park Chapel (The Petre Chapel) is located in Essex
Thorndon Park Chapel (The Petre Chapel)
Thorndon Park Chapel (The Petre Chapel)
Location in Essex
Coordinates: 51°35′55″N 0°19′48″E / 51.5987°N 0.3301°E / 51.5987; 0.3301
OS grid referenceTQ 615 914
LocationThorndon Park, near Ingrave, Essex
DenominationRoman Catholic
WebsiteHistoric Chapels Trust
StatusPrivate chapel
Founder(s)Lord Petre
Functional statusRedundant
Heritage designationGrade II*
Designated20 February 1976
Architect(s)William Wardell
Architectural typeChapel
StyleGothic Revival
MaterialsRagstone 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,[1] and is under the care of the Historic Chapels Trust.[2]


The chapel was built as a private chantry chapel and mausoleum for the Roman Catholic Petre family who lived in Thorndon Hall.[1][2] It was built in about 1850,[1] and dedicated in 1857.[2] 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.[2]


Constructed in Kentish ragstone with freestone dressings, the chapel has a tiled roof. Its architectural style is Decorated.[2] 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.[2]

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  1. ^ a b c Historic England, "Chantry chapel and mausoleum, Thorndon Park (1293260)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 18 June 2012
  2. ^ a b c d e f Chantry Chapel and Burial Ground, Thorndon Park, Historic Chapels Trust, archived from the original on 9 August 2011, retrieved 18 June 2012