English Churches - Derbyshire

Haddon Hall


A private chapel with lovely wall paintings


The chapel is in the corner of the lower courtyard of Haddon Hall, with steps leading down into it. It is an attractive oblong building with simple nave and south aisle dating from the 12thC. A carved wooden screen separates the chancel with the family pews from the nave with its simple wooden pews which would be used by the servants.

Haddon Hall

On the north wall of the nave is a two decker pulpit with readers desk below.

Haddon Hall

There is a stone slab altar in the chancel with a beautiful carved alabaster reredos with scenes of the crucifixion on it.

Haddon Hall

Haddon Hall

In the windows are pieces of medieval glass. The east window has the crucifixion with the Virgin Mary and St John. 

In the nave is a replica of the lovely alabaster monument to Robert Charles John Manners who died in 1894 aged 9. The original is in the chapel at Belvoir Castle.  He was the eldest son of Henry John Brinsley Manners, Marquis of Gransby and his wife Violet, who designed the tomb. On the base are cameos of Henry and Violet as well as their other children.

The walls are covered with wall paintings. On the west wall is a design of leaves and flowers which is immediately recognisable from the Haddon Hall Minton china so popular in the 1960s and 70s.

Haddon Hall

At the back of the south aisle are three skeletons, in black outline.

Haddon Hall

On the south wall is St Christopher.

Haddon Hall

On the north wall and in the chancel are smaller pictures showing scenes from the life of St Nicholas including blessing passengers in a small ship and another of small three small children in a tub with kneeling figures receiving a blessing. 

Haddon Hall
 
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