With the expansion of the school in September 2020, the expansion of Chapel must follow suit.
Chapel is integral to the Radley education. It brings together all in the community to meet, reflect and worship. It instils the core value of community in boys and Dons alike, and is thought of fondly by all.
The below Photo Book shows what the finished Chapel will look like, thanks to impressions produced by Purcell architects and Nicholson & Co. organ builders. It also shows photos of the construction of Chapel in the late 1800s. (Click on an image to enlarge in a new tab).
The expansion will ensure all students can gather comfortably. First, we are expanding the North and South apses to provide extra raised seating. Next, we are extending the East end to provide a new sanctuary to house the altar, reredos and other furnishings.
The expansion also features the installation of a new organ, relocated to its original Victorian position on the West Gallery and vastly improving acoustics.
The building is delicate, and the process is truly ‘brick by brick’. It is vital that a building which has always been part of the College is respected, and we are ensuring there is a seamless join between old and new.
The construction is due to be complete by December 2020, and the new organ will be installed in October 2021.
Chapel really matters. Gathering the whole school together for Chapel is at the heart of Radley life. It is a fine, long-standing tradition, well worthy of support.
Hamish Aird, Sub-Warden (1990-2003)
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