Described by Oscar Wilde as “the most delightful private chapel in London”, this is arguably the most sumptuous hospital chapel in the country.
The building history is complex; built as a plain chapel of ease to St Andrew Holborn at the beginning of the C18, the building was later repaired and beautified under the direction of Nicholas Hawksmoor. At that time the magnificent baroque ceiling was introduced, along with the columns and entablature. Other fittings from this ‘reordering’ which remain are the font and reredos. The ceiling in this simple church is a magnificent example of the English Baroque and with the classical entablature, the predominant architectural features of the space.
The grat will help the church clean and then survey ceiling in order to inform repair work.