'Hidden gem' in Stratford shortlisted for heritage prize - The Stratford Observer

'Hidden gem' in Stratford shortlisted for heritage prize

Stratford Editorial 26th Feb, 2019   0

THE GUILD Chapel in Stratford is in the running to win a prize at the 2019 UK Heritage Awards.

The awards cover 13 categories all celebrating the best in UK heritage and are organised by Visit Heritage.

There are 13 categories – with the Guild Chapel shortlisted in ‘Best Hidden Gem’. The winners will be announced in London on March 25.

The Chapel has also been commended in the Historic England Angel Awards.

While it missed out on winning the Best Rescue of a Historic Building or Place (under £5million), the judges, led by Andrew Lloyd Webber, sent a certificate of commendation in recognition of the Guild Chapel’s conservation work.

In 2018 the Guild Chapel won the prestigious annual prize awarded by the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB) – the Sir John Betjeman Award.

Guild Chapel spokeswoman Pippa Brook said: “The recognition we are now getting is exceeding all expectations and it means so much to us, elevating our very special Chapel, garnering more support and hopefully opening up more avenues for funding. There are so many more paintings, so many more secrets still hidden here that we want to reveal, conserve and share.”

Dating back to the 13th century, the Guild Chapel, on the corner of corner of Chapel Lane and Church Street, is one of Stratford’s oldest and most important historic buildings.

It is home to some of the rarest medieval wall paintings in all of Europe, covered up on orders given to John Shakespeare, father of the playwright, during the Reformation and discovered hundreds of years later.

The conservation of the wall paintings continues.

Visit www.guildchapel.org.uk for further details.

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