SE2769 : Chancel roof, St Mary's Church, Studley Royal

taken 7 months ago, near to Aldfield, North Yorkshire, Great Britain

Chancel roof, St Mary's Church, Studley Royal
Chancel roof, St Mary's Church, Studley Royal
The painted and gilded ceiling of the choir and the shallow dome over the sanctuary, depict Martyrs, Apostles, Angels and other figures ascending towards heaven.
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Church of St Mary, Studley Royal
St Mary's was built in 1871-78 as an estate church in the grounds of Studley Park. The designer of the building and its furnishings was William Burges; the client was the Marchioness of Ripon, whose body lies in a tomb in a chantry chapel in the south aisle.

It has been described as "a major work of the Victorian Gothic Revival", being in 14th century style. No expense was spared in its construction, with expensive stones such as Purbeck marble, alabaster and mosaics. Surprisingly for the time, no pews were included, which helps to give the already large building an extra air of spaciousness.

The church closed for public worship in 1970, at which time Studley Royal park was owned by the West Riding County Council. Since 1975 the church has been in the care of English Heritage, and the park, now a World Heritage Site, is owned by the National Trust. Both park and church are grade 1 listed (list entry for the church 1315267).

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Date Taken
Saturday, 12 August, 2017   (more nearby)
Monday, 14 August, 2017
Geographical Context
Lowlands  Religious sites 
Primary Subject of Photo
Church Interior 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SE 2755 6929 [10m precision]
WGS84: 54:7.1247N 1:34.8008W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SE 27550 69296
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North-northeast (about 22 degrees)
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