Page 7, 18th June 1954

18th June 1954
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Page 7, 18th June 1954 — The Chapel in the Wood' I

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Organisations: St. Mary's College
Locations: Portland


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The Chapel in the Wood' I

THIS little Gothic chapel built by

I HIS Walpole in the 18th century under the title of "The Chapel in the Wood at Strawberry Hill" is to he opened by Cardinal Griffin as a shrine of Our Lady.

In his "Description of Strawberry Hill." Walpole relates that the chapel "is built of brick. with a beautiful front of Portland stone."

The chapel was never intended for use, but housed a collection of treasures.

In 1950, St. Mary's College, which had moved from Hammersmith to Strawberry Hill in 1925, celebrated its centenary, and past students decided to mark the occasion by restoring thc chapel and erecting in it a Shrine of Our Lady.

The roof and the fan-vaulted ceiling were restored. An original statue carved in limewood was cornmissioned from Italy: it represents Our Lady as a teacher.

A large number of past students are expected to attend the dedication on Saturday, June 26, at 3 p.m. Among them will be at least 20 from Northern Ireland who have presented a window of Irish stained glass.

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