Derby - The Chapel On The Bridge - Inside
w/e 03 November 2002

Continuing our tour the Chapel of St Mary on the Bridge with a look at some of the internal features.


The tall candlesticks and the altar were designed by Ronald Pope, the altar being made of local Derbyshire stone in 1973.
Our Lady of Walsingham

Pope was also responsible for the frame (on the left of the altar) that surrounds the fragment of a mediaeval figure of the crucified Christ believed to be of Flemish origin. The figure was donated by Miss Alwyn Morley. In the far corner of the Chapel is a wooden statue of Our Lady of Walsingham. This was carved by Anton Wagner in the style that is common in the village of Oberammergau in Bavaria, famous for its passion play.

At the rear of the Chapel above the entrance is the gallery. This whole structure was completely renewed during the 1930 restoration but a gallery had been here since the reign of Charles II.
Memorial Tablet

A memorial tablet on the wall near the gallery acknowledges Sir Alfred Seale Haslam, whose family contributed generously to the restoration.

Access to the gallery is gained via a narrow staircase adjacent to the entrance from where a good view of the beams can be gained. Again most of the roof structure was renewed in 1930 but one beam, seen on the upper right of this picture, is original and mediaeval carvings can be seen on it.
East Window

The gallery also affords a good overall view of the Chapel as well as the east window filled with modern stained glass. It was designed by Mary Dobson and made of glass given by the family and friends of a young man, Sean Ferguson, who died of cancer at the age of 21. The Chapel is dedicated to the Virgin Mary and each panel in the window contains allusions to her.

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