Sandham Memorial Chapel

World famous chapel containing Stanley Spencer's visionary paintings.

About this church

This modest red brick building tucked away in a quiet corner of Hampshire houses an unexpected treasure; an epic series of large-scale murals, by the acclaimed war artist Sir Stanley Spencer.

Built to honour the 'forgotten dead' of the First World War, who were not remembered on any official memorials, the series was inspired by Spencer’s own experiences as a medical orderly at the Beaufort Hospital in Bristol and both orderly and soldier on the Salonika front. It is peppered with personal and unexpected details and uniquely shows the everyday activities rather than the horrors of war. Inspired by Giotto's Arena Chapel in Padua and made possible through the generous patronage of Mr & Mrs Behrend, Spencer referred to Sandham Memorial Chapel as his Holy Box. The 19 oil paintings covering three walls of the chapel took six years to complete and are considered by many to be the artist’s finest achievement.

Outside the front of the chapel you have views across to Watership Down which glows in the late evening sun,  the original orchard with old apple varieties and a beautiful wildflower meadow containing many important flora and fauna. 

Key Features

  • Captivating architecture
  • Glorious furnishings
  • Enchanting atmosphere
  • Wildlife haven
  • Social heritage stories
  • National heritage here
  • Famous connections

Visitors information

  • Level access to the main areas
  • Car park at church
  • On street parking at church
  • Parking within 250m
  • Accessible toilets in church
  • Café within 500m
  • Dog friendly
  • Walkers & cyclists welcome
  • Space to secure your bike
  • Church shop or souvenirs

Other nearby churches

St George the Martyr

St George’s is one of only two churches in England designed by FC Eden, an authority on Italian art and architecture.

St Peter

St Peter’s church is a small red brick chapel style church on the west side of the A339 next to the village hall.


St Nicholas

It seems odd to us, in an age where it is accepted that the super rich spend all their money on themselves, that it was not at all unusual for wealthy medieval people to spend some of their own fortunes on such things as churches.

Help support ExploreChurches by becoming a Friend of the National Churches Trust