TQ1906 : Lancing College Chapel - East end

taken 6 years ago, near to Shoreham Airport, West Sussex, Great Britain

Lancing College Chapel - East end
Lancing College Chapel - East end
Towering to c.50m (160') Lancing College Chapel is a dramatic piece of Victorian Gothic in an unusual French-influenced style. This is the view of its east end raised on a grassy bank in front of the college's academic buildings.
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Lancing College & Chapel

Lancing College is a Christian foundation in the Anglican tradition founded in 1848 by the remarkable Nathaniel Woodward ( Wikipedia: LinkExternal link ). It remains a highly successful and respected independent school, and still has a strong religious emphasis, with attendance at Chapel compulsory for all its c.550 pupils aged between 13 and 18, which these days includes about 40% girls. Originally the school was only open to boys, and the staff had to be single, but girls were admitted in 1970.
The school's own website here: LinkExternal link
The college has some outstanding buildings, most notably the dramatic EH Grade I listed LinkExternal link Chapel. This tour de force of Victorian Gothic architecture was designed by R H Carpenter in 1868 in the C13th French Gothic style - highly unusual in Britain, though Cf. Arundel Cathedral LinkExternal link just a few miles distant.
Interestingly, the Master Builder of this Chapel was William Blackford Woodard, the third son of the founder, Nathaniel Woodard.
On entering the nave of the chapel, its most noticeable feature is its soaring height - about 90' (27m) to the top of the vaults. The external height of the building is c. 50m (160'). Turning back to look westwards, the next remarkable feature is the giant Rose Window, which at 32' diameter is the largest in Britain; while the building as a whole is the largest school chapel anywhere in the world.
Although the Chapel is the undoubted star of the college, the academic buildings are very fine too - with three of them being listed by English Heritage, viz.
The Great School - Grade II* LinkExternal link
The East & West Quadrangles - Grade II* LinkExternal link
Fields House - Grade II LinkExternal link

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Date Taken
Sunday, 3 May, 2015   (more nearby)
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Tuesday, 5 May, 2015
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Religious sites  Educational sites 
Place (from Tags)
Lancing 
Primary Subject of Photo
Chapel 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 1963 0660 [10m precision]
WGS84: 50:50.7938N 0:18.1258W
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OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 1968 0660
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WEST (about 270 degrees)
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