Built to serve a theological college and a small religious order of nuns, the chapel defies its diminutive scale to provide an uplifting spiritual space of great potency.
This is a materially rich scheme: above an ashlar base the principal material is a cream limestone, hand-broken and laid criss-cross with the raw ends exposed, producing an extraordinarily rich texture.
The building is rich in its allusions to architectural history, yet it possesses the power to impact on any passer-by. A ribbon of high windows floods the chapel and its ambulatory with even light. The delicate timber structure is of blonde wood. This is a church for all seasons and serves equally all the diverse branches of the Anglican Church. Cuddesdon fulfils its complex brief with a lyrical grace.
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