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Project information

Compton Verney chapel

We are raising money for subsequent phases of restoration works to our ‘Capability’ Brown designed chapel, which dates from 1776-80. Restoration works will include reinstatement of the pews, pulpit, stained glass windows, re-plastering, re-decoration and the installation of lighting and heating.

Once we start this phase of restoration work, we hope to complete it within 3 years

Charity information: Compton Verney

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  • Need


    The chapel at Compton Verney has not been used at all since 1989. In May 2011 we began work on emergency repairs to the structure to safeguard it for the future and prevent it falling into further disrepair. We now need to raise funds for further phased building work to fully restore the chapel and enable us to use the building for a new programme of events for the public to enjoy such as musical concerts, lectures and poetry readings as well as to expand out wide-ranging learning activities.


    Experts will undertake further building work to include the installation of lighting and heating, full redecoration and re-plastering, reinstating pews and the reinstatement of stained glass. Also the consolidation of the Chapel terrace and reinstatement of the iron railings. All work is dependent on securing external funding.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To complete the restoration of our Grade I listed chapel, designed by Lancelot 'Capability' Brown.


    » Experts will undertake building work to fully restore the chapel. Once complete, the restored chapel will be used for a programme of public events

    What success will look like

    Fully re-open the chapel after building work is completed in order to launch public music concerts, enhance and improve public appreciation of a most important chapel structure.

  • Impact


    The completion of this project will add to our visitors' experience of Compton Verney by increasing what we offer in the grounds (the chapel will become part of our grounds tours) and by adding this venue to our programme of public events. The chapel will also host church services for the community and weddings and provide a venue for extending learning experiences. We will also, crucially, safeguard the building for future generations to enjoy.


    We are dependent on securing external funding for this project. However, we will continue to fundraise until we succeed in raising the total sum needed.

    We rely on external contractors to undertake the works, however, we have experience of managing this kind of project and will have completed a first phase of building work in summer 2011, before final restoration work takes place. This will give us an opportunity to evaluate the work already undertaken.


    1. Regular update of our website as we
    a) work towards our fundraising goal
    b) undertake restoration works
    2. Publication of information leaflet on the restoration
    3. Grounds' tours including a supervised visit

    We will invite all individual donors to a launch event.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £836,200

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      Amount Heading Description
      £84,000 External External repairs to roof, bell tower, walls, guttering
      £120,100 Windows, door, terrace New windows, ramped access, repairs to terrace paving, new railings
      £70,400 Extension Construction of new extension with toilets and kitchenette
      £364,400 New workshop Construction of workshop for storage and historic display
      £147,000 Ceiling, internal walls, floor Repairs to ceiling, internal walls and floor, redecoration
      £50,300 Gallery, joinery, monuments Consolidation of gallery, relocation of pulpit, repair of monuments, installation of electricity

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Country Houses Foundation £25,000 Guaranteed
    The Pilgrim Trust £20,000 Guaranteed
    The Leche Trust £3,000 Conditional
    The Cleary Fund £2,000 Conditional
  • Background


    Compton Verney, Warwickshire CV35 9HZ


    All of our 70,000 annual visitors now have access to the chapel as we have now completed Phase 1 for which we received funds from four charitable trusts. Many of our visitors are from the local area (including Stratford-upon-Avon, Royal Leamington Spa and Coventry and other parts of our surrounding counties (Warwickshire, Oxfordshire and Northamptonshire). However, we also welcome a good number of visitors from further afield (particularly London) and abroad.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    This project forms part of our ongoing plans to restore our 'Capability' Brown landscape. So far, we have successfully restored our Georgian ice house (one of only 3 thatched ice houses in the UK), reinstated some of Brown's woodland paths and undertaken a comprehensive programme of new planting to restore Brown's vision for our landscape. The chapel forms an important part of this vision and it is our responsibility to ensure that this important, Grade I listed building is fully refurbished.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Dr Steven Parissien, Director Of Compton Verney

    Steven previously worked for The Georgian Group and English Heritage and has written extensively on architectural history and conservation.

    Rachel Davies, Deputy Director Of Compton Verney

    Rachel is a chartered accountant responsible for planning, implementing and managing the resources and commercial aspects of our organisation.

    Cranmer Webb, Head Of Operations At Compton Verney

    Cranmer has responsibility for the operational, maintenance, security and health & safety aspects of our buildings, gallery and grounds.

    Alice Gosling, Head Of Campaigns At Compton Verney

    Alice is co-ordinating fundraising for the chapel project.

Before first phase restoration works began

Before first phase restoration works began