St Stephen's Chapel: Bringing a Building Back to Life - 1 November

1 November, 2016 - 19:00
Lord Mayor's Reception Rooms, Westminster City Hall, 64 Victoria Street, SW1E 6QP
St Stephen's Chapel hosting a session of the House of Commons in 1710

You are warmly invited to join us for a talk about St Stephen's Chapel by acclaimed author Rosemary Hill. This is the second talk in the sixth season of the Westminster History Club, set up to raise funds for scholarly research into the history of Westminster by the Victoria County History. The Club meets in the Lord Mayor's Reception Rooms, Westminster City Hall, 64 Victoria Street, SW1E 6QP. This is a social event, held four times a year, with a glass of wine and a talk on some aspect of the history of Westminster by a guest speaker. The event starts at 7pm. All welcome but please RSVP. Tickets are £10 at the event.

St Stephen's Chapel, Westminster was one of the glories of medieval Christendom, England's Ste Chapelle.  Today it is one of London's most poignant ghost buildings, a subtle influence on the present Houses of Parliament. St Stephen's became the House of Commons in 1547, after which it was increasingly obscured. Christopher Wren's alterations left none of the original fabric visible. In the late Georgian period it was rediscovered and documented only to be destroyed in successive campaigns from 1800 to 1837, when it was finally demolished. The story of its death, resurrection and afterlife is part of the history of Romanticism, of antiquarianism and of the Gothic revival. Rosemary Hill, who is a researcher on the recently completed AHRC project, 'St Stephen's Chapel, Westminster: Visual and Political Culture 1292-1941', will talk about this most curious period in the Chapel's long history.

Speaker:  Rosemary Hill is a writer and historian and a research fellow on the St Stephen's Chapel project. She is the author of books including Stonehenge and God's Architect: Pugin and the Making of Modern Britain. Her current work in progress is a study of antiquarianism in the Romantic period, to be published by Allen Lane.

If you would like to attend or join our mailing list, please contact:

Francis Boorman francisboorman@hotmail.com

Judith Warner jwarner.westminster@hotmail.com

Cathy Longworth  longworth.cathy@gmail.com

For more information about the Westminster History Club please click here