Set in the grounds of Ripon College Cuddesdon, the Edward King Chapel stands before a backdrop of the stunning Oxfordshire countryside. Endowed by the Cuddesdon Sisters, Their brief to the architect was 'for the chapel to be foremost a place for the cultivation of personal prayer as well as of public worship. We knew that what was needed was not just a building but a work of art which would touch the spirit'.
Aligned east to west, the chapel is elliptical in plan providing a collegiate form of worship with seating for up to 120. A dog toothed stone façade surmounted by a clerestory encircles the lofty and light interior. This rises to a height of 9.8m, with a latticework of soaring timber columns and intricate vaulted ceiling.
A horseshoe shaped prayer room for the Sisters projects outwards from the main body of the chapel, as does a smaller private prayer space and a niche for the Blessed Sacrament. The sacristy opens off a small anteroom linked to the Chapel and together with the main entrance a second point of entry passes beneath the freestanding timber bell tower. The bishops of Oxford, Gloucester and Dorchester dedicated and blessed the Edward King Chapel on Friday, 1st February 2013.