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Chapel of the Former Convent of St Peter

A Grade II* Listed Building in Woking, Surrey

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Latitude: 51.3202 / 51°19'12"N

Longitude: -0.5378 / 0°32'16"W

OS Eastings: 501990

OS Northings: 158918

OS Grid: TQ019589

Mapcode National: GBR GCY.2W8

Mapcode Global: VHFV8.M2KQ

Entry Name: Chapel of the Former Convent of St Peter

Listing Date: 25 October 1990

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1264347

English Heritage Legacy ID: 428086

Location: Woking, Surrey, GU22

County: Surrey

District: Woking

Town: Woking

Electoral Ward/Division: Mount Hermon

Built-Up Area: Woking

Traditional County: Surrey

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Surrey

Church of England Parish: Woking St Paul

Church of England Diocese: Guildford

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Listing Text

TQ 05 NW WOKING MAYBURY HILL

Chapel of the former
6/90B Convent of St Peter

II*

Private Chapel. 1898-1900. By J L Pearson and F L Pearson. Brick and stone roofs
of clay tiles. The elevations are Early English in Character, on a plan whose
inspiration is partly late Gothic and partly Early Christian. Eight bays on the
north and south sides, the two nave bays being under a lower roof; the east end
apsidal with a slightly smaller apse off the side of the last bay on either side;
windows chiefly paired lancets, those to the choir having plate tracery, those to
the apses being single lancets set within a round-arched arcade. Corbel table
over choir, changing to Lombard frieze for last bay and apses. On the south side,
two storey vestry-block with flat-arched windows and parapet. Gabled staircase
tower and bellcote; on the north side, side chapel flanking the choir and under
separate roof; apsidal east end and interesting tracery in a shallow transept.
Interior of the main chapel: vestibule divided from the nave by three-bay arcade
with corbelled stone gallery over; nave of two bays, the massive Early English
arcade of stone carrying a timber roof with arched collars; narrow aisles to
either side which continue either side of the choir. The level of the floor is
raised some three feet between nave and choir. Choir of four bays, the arcade
lighter in style than that of the nave and supporting ribbed stone vaults; the
choir vaulting continues in the chancel for one bay and then narrows and adapts to
the three apses. Choir screen and stalls late Gothic in style. Decorative floor
of geometric marble in choir and chancel. Gabled bardachino in marble and
alabaster designed by F L Pearson after the model of his father's in Peterborough
Cathedral: Columns of red marble supporting gabled niches at each corner with a
nativity carved in the tympanum of the main gable; altar of marble and alabaster,
the front carved with New Testament Scenes flanking Christ in Glory in a vesica;
the reredos has floral panels carved in low relief on either side of a gabled
niche. Statue of the Virgin Mary on a pedestal integral to the norch chancel
arch. Stained glass in the eastern most bays and east ends of either aisle and in
the windows of the three apses, almost all late C19 or early C20; four-light
stained glass window on south side of vestibule. The north side chapel is of four
bays with barrel-vaulted roof and altar only remaining in the chancel; one stained
glass window in west wall and one in north wall. Crypt chapel: five bays,
vaulted, with narrow side aisles; the plan is 'lobed' at the east end, as in the
main chapel above. The chancel occupies the last bay which, with the apses, is
treated in a Neo-Byzantine style, to the designs of F L Pearson. Marble Columns
with spreading cushion capitals, marble panels of Neo-Byzantine ornament to the
walls, with mosaic decoration above in the complex vaulting and deep embrasures of
the windows. Three stained glass windows in the north apse and two in the south.
Decorative marble floor. Altar of marble, the front decorated with opus sectile,
the reredos of gilded and beaten metal enriched with enamels and coloured stones.
The chapel forms a group with the former convent of St Peter.
Source: Anthony Quin-ey, John Loughborough Pearson, 1979.


Listing NGR: TQ0199058918

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