Lumley Chapel open for Heritage Open Days at St. Dunstan's, Cheam

Lumley Chapel (St Dunstan's), Cheam, Surrey
16th September 2018
Free entry, donations to the CCT are very welcome
Lumley Chapel (St. Dunstan's), Church Road, Cheam, Sutton, Surrey. SM3 8QH
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Heritage Open Days is England's largest festival of history and culture. Places across the country throw open their doors to celebrate their heritage, community and history. It’s your chance to see hidden places and try out new experiences – and it’s all FREE.

Lumley Chapel, the oldest building in Cheam, can be found in St Dunstan's churchyard and is the only surviving remnant of a 900-year-old building that once stood on this site. John Lumley, a Catholic aristocrat and art collector, refurbished the building as a burial place for himself and his two wives in the late sixteenth century.

Opulent stone monuments fill the walls and a huge tomb near the door shows Lumley's first wife Jane Fitzalan, carved in alabaster, wearing a starched ruff and headdress, her gown flowing as she kneels in prayer.

In keeping with the theme of this year's Heritage Open Days of 'Extraordinary Women', the chapel contains five monuments to the two wives of John Lord Lumley - Lady Jane and Lady Elizabeth, both of whom were remarkable in their own right.

Lumley Chapel will be attending by a knowledgeable local historian who will be pleased to guide you around and show you the monuments and other quirks of the building.

Open on Sunday 16th September from 2.00 until 5.00 p.m.

Admission Free, with donations, please, to The Churches Conservation Trust

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