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Monday, 24 March 2014

Marlborough College Trip Part 2

From the books, we went to the chapel to see the Spencer Stanhope paintings, six of the subjects taken from the Old Testament and six from the New Testament, they are in the style of Burne-Jones. His secure financial position meant he could live in Italy and pick and choose commissions, so his works are quite rare. He is apparently best known for his murals in the Oxford Union.
I will pick three photos of the paintings which are very entertaining once you know their titles:

 Above 'The Expulsion from Eden'
 Below 'Abraham Entertaining the Angels', unsure what the one above is called.

I didn't photograph the Burne Jones window or the Eric Gill carving. More on the chapel on the website: http://www.marlboroughcollege.org/about-us/facilities/chapel/art-architecture/
From the chapel, we walked round the Mound constructed at the same time as Silbury Hill, and although smaller is very impressive:
 It also has its own grotto:
 From here, we walked back to St. Peter's church for lunch at the cafe in there and then up the 165 steps to the top of the church tower, taking in the bell ringing platform and the magnificent clock mechanism on the way up. The view once at the top was literally breathtaking on what was quite a windy day. Marlborough High Street looked good:


 And Marlborough College
And this church steeple:
There was also a guided tour of the church, now deconsecrated which I missed.

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