During the summer two open arches at the west end of Lancing College Chapel have been filled in with beautiful stonework. Massive limestone blocks, replacing temporary timbers, have now enclosed the interior of the main nave 149 years after the foundation stone was laid. On the outside decorative carved tracery, opposite the recently refurbished school reception area, reflects the patterns of the great rose window above.
The stone came from the famous quarry at Doulting in Somerset. It was fashioned into shape by a highly sophisticated computerised cutter operating 24 hours a day at Chichester Stoneworks. Once the pieces were fitted into place on site, they were adjusted and finished by hand, using the traditional skills of the mason’s craft.
The Friends of Lancing Chapel have paid for this essential protection of the valuable Walker organ and magnificent Chapel interior. It forms the first phase of their plan to complete the building by adding a dignified porch to the bleak unfinished west end.
The Friends also hope that public interest in this final phase of Chapel building will attract more people to join the ranks of alumni, past parents and local neighbours who contribute so generously to the conservation and development of this unique, Grade 1 listed national monument.
If you, your family or friends are interested in becoming Friends of Lancing Chapel, please email FriendsOfLancingChapel@lancing.org.uk or contact the Honorary Secretary, Friends of Lancing Chapel, FREEPOST, Lancing BN15 8BR