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Back in Time 1900: Historic old chapel left to rack and ruin

The remains of old St Peters Chapel at Quarrendon as they looked in about 1900. Today just three low walls remain

The remains of old St Peters Chapel at Quarrendon as they looked in about 1900. Today just three low walls remain

  • by Aylesbury historian Karl Vaughan
 

These are the remains of old St Peter’s Chapel at Quarrendon as they looked in about 1900.

Back then the walls were a lot higher than they are today and as can be seen, most of the arches were still standing.

Quarrendon is well documented in history. Most notable was Queen Elizabeth I’s visit for two days in August 1592. She was entertained by Sir Henry Lee who was Lord of the Manor.

It is hard to imagine such an event today as nothing of the manorial complex survives above ground.

Opposite the ruins are massive garden earthworks that were once associated with the manor house.

The chapel fell into disrepair in the early 1800s when the land was sold.

In the 1840s a campaign was started to try and save the building from total destruction.

Sadly not enough money was raised and the building soon became a quarry for local farmers and much of the stonework was carted away to repair outbuildings and trackways. Very little remains of these ruins now – just three low walls.

No architectural stones survive. The site is now becoming surrounded by the Buckingham Park and Berryfields housing estates.

I wonder how many more years the ruins will be visible?

 

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