On This Day: Lambeth Palace Chapel rededicated 60 years ago after WWII damage
Monday 19th October 2015Archbishop Justin Welby joined the staff and community at Lambeth Palace today to mark the 60th anniversary of the rededication of Lambeth Palace Chapel.
The Chapel, which was badly damaged during WWII, was rededicated on 19 October 1955 in a service attended by The Queen.
One of the hymns from the service 60 years ago was sung today, and prayers were also taken from the original service.
Peter Chapman, who was a chorister at the 1955 service, attended today’s Eucharist.
The Chapel was heavily damaged following a direct hit by a German incendiary bomb during World War II. The hit destroyed the ceiling and all of the windows were broken. Scorch marks can still be seen on the marble tiled floor today.
Restoration work was carried out by architects Lord Mottistone and Mr Paul Paget. Modern glass was inserted into the remaining window frames by Carl Edwards and Hugh Powell, who attempted to recreate the same themes and designs as the original windows designed by Morton in 1486.