Gothic revival

Nestled in the green hills of the South Downs in England

Is a magnificent example of a Gothic Revival church: Lancing College Chapel.

Outside facade

Its spires soar up into the sky, giving me vertigo

And reminding me of Hogwarts College.

Vertigo

It is the largest school chapel in the world

And a well-known landmark in Sussex.

Spires

Even though it’s only 100 years old,

It’s due for a cleaning.

Can you see the mossy windows?

All in all, it’s a stunning piece of architecture.

Mossy windows

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99 responses

  1. It’s amazing!! And I think it needs those mossy windows.

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    February 2, 2015 at 15:16

  2. So beautiful.

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    February 2, 2015 at 15:24

  3. The certainly new how to build in those days. It shows that durable can be done.. 🙂

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    February 2, 2015 at 15:52

  4. Soooo cool, I would love to visit England one day…

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    February 2, 2015 at 15:54

  5. This incredible building is spectacular! Fantastic photos!

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    February 2, 2015 at 16:11

  6. Gorgeous!!! I always wonder how they got the blocks of stone up so high! And how they made the wonderful arch shapes for the windows!!!

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    February 2, 2015 at 16:23

  7. wow! absolutely marvelous and impressive perspective!

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    February 2, 2015 at 16:30

  8. Wow! It reaches for the sky alright.

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    February 2, 2015 at 16:32

  9. thesmittenimage

    It’s amazing how much love and attention went into crafting these beauties. Just gorgeous.

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    February 2, 2015 at 16:41

  10. Mac

    Hi. Thanks for visiting My Snapshots. Love what I’ve seen here. Look forward to following you. Cheers, Mac

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    February 2, 2015 at 16:53

  11. Beautiful cathedral in the christian world.

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    February 2, 2015 at 16:56

  12. w.o.w!

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    February 2, 2015 at 17:04

  13. It is mindboggling and stunning, indeed, and very reminiscent of the world of Harry Potter.

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    February 2, 2015 at 17:11

  14. Stunning architecture – fantastic shots of this magnificent building.

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    February 2, 2015 at 17:15

  15. Beautiful images of the beautiful church.
    Best regards, Irma

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    February 2, 2015 at 17:43

  16. Oh, wow! Hogwarts did come to mind–LOL! What a job to clean off all that moss! 🙂

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    February 2, 2015 at 17:44

  17. Beautiful architecture with loads of character and history.

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    February 2, 2015 at 18:04

  18. wow. what gorgeous architecture….def has a hogwarts feel…or something out of batman….

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    February 2, 2015 at 18:12

  19. joy

    amazing masterwork!

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    February 2, 2015 at 18:31

  20. These pictures are gorgeous, beautiful Lancing College Chapel, I like !!

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    February 2, 2015 at 19:57

  21. Wow! Fantastic photos!

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    February 2, 2015 at 20:02

  22. I just adore those old gothic buildings, churches and castles! This one is beautiful!!!

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    February 2, 2015 at 20:08

  23. Wonderful!

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    February 2, 2015 at 20:51

  24. Pat

    It is a very slim and narrow Cathedral !! a nice set of this place I do not know !! Have a good week

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    February 2, 2015 at 20:52

  25. Can I volunteer to clean them, imagine the view! It’s a stunning work of art.

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    February 2, 2015 at 21:06

  26. Impressive!

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    February 2, 2015 at 21:06

  27. Wonderful Gothic building.
    I love this style of architecture.
    Greetings.

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    February 2, 2015 at 21:16

  28. Great photos. I love how you captured the moss. Thank you for sharing.
    Carla

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    February 2, 2015 at 21:39

  29. A very impressive building! Wonderful shots!!

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    February 2, 2015 at 21:45

  30. Magnificent!

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    February 2, 2015 at 21:51

  31. It is absolutely stunning …. and certainly does make me think of Harry Potter (I wonder if JK has visited the school ….).

    I was thinking about cleaning house today and even washing windows, but the cottage isn’t anywhere near 100 years old yet, so maybe I’ll wait!

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    February 2, 2015 at 23:25

  32. A little too much for me I think. I like the simple ones even if I can appreciate the work.

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    February 2, 2015 at 23:45

  33. Even though it is that big, it has some very fine details.
    Really great architecture!
    Thank you for showing 🙂
    Have a fine day
    【ツ】Knipsa

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    February 2, 2015 at 23:46

  34. How very, very beautiful. I like the moss too. If if doesn’t obscure light, or damage the building I would opt for leaving it.

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    February 3, 2015 at 00:05

  35. Beautiful architecture!

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    February 3, 2015 at 00:07

  36. AMAZING architecture. Humans can really do it up when they put their minds to it!

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    February 3, 2015 at 00:11

  37. It is so big!

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    February 3, 2015 at 00:34

    • Well, it’s very tall but so narrow. And not big compared to real Gothic churches like Notre Dame. 😉 But big for being a school chapel.

      Lady Fi wrote: > >

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      February 3, 2015 at 05:36

  38. Oh WOW, how beautiful and I bet its just as beautiful inside.

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    February 3, 2015 at 02:11

  39. Ron

    Stunning. And I mean STUNNING photographs, Fiona! The arched widows are AMAZING!

    I have a “thing” for Gothic architecture, so I really enjoy these images. I also have a thing for visiting churches, temples, and cathedrals.

    Thanks for sharing, my friend. Really enjoyed these!
    X

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    February 3, 2015 at 02:39

  40. It’s amazing and creates stories in your mind as you look at it! I wonder if it has ever been used in a movie!

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    February 3, 2015 at 03:33

  41. This definitely is a stunning piece of architecture! I’d love to see the interior!

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    February 3, 2015 at 03:52

    • I’ll show you the inside next week. 🙂

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      February 3, 2015 at 09:10

  42. Wow, that is spectacular. I’d love to see the inside.

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    February 3, 2015 at 04:17

    • I’ll show you the inside next week! Deal?

      Lady Fi wrote: > >

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      February 3, 2015 at 05:21

  43. A very impressive piece of architecture. Have a great week.

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    February 3, 2015 at 04:50

  44. I never would have guessed it is that ‘young’! It is impressive, indeed!

    Lindy

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    February 3, 2015 at 05:32

  45. Wow—what a gorgeous church… The architecture is amazing. I’m SO impressed. Thanks for sharing.
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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    February 3, 2015 at 05:55

  46. Wow it is magnificient and beautiful. Have a nice week ahead.

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    February 3, 2015 at 06:18

  47. Amazing architecture!!

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    February 3, 2015 at 06:29

  48. Wow, that’s incredible! I wouldn’t want to land on it with a parachute though.

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    February 3, 2015 at 06:52

  49. This is so impressive! I have never seen such a huge cathedral and I never heard of a revival of the gothic architecture. It is a great idea.
    So next week you show the interior of this building? I am looking forward to it!
    Wil, ABCW Team

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    February 3, 2015 at 07:45

    • It’s actually quite small – very tall but narrow. It big for a school chapel but tiny compared to a real cathedral like Notre Dame…

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      February 3, 2015 at 09:11

  50. WoW impressive architecture, wonderful series very nice photos, well done.

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    February 3, 2015 at 07:59

  51. I agree, it is stunning architecture. Your photographs are very good too…I would find it so hard to get a decent pic of such a place. And it reminds me of our two visits to England….much of the time exploring Cathedrals…as well as old, old, small churches. I even found graves of what I think are ancestors. My husband found the town he was named after…and of course we visited the Kennett barrow. Next time we will go back to see the church where his ancestor was a Bishop! You live in such an exciting country… can’t wait to go back…especially now I have just bought a decent camera:)

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    February 3, 2015 at 08:28

  52. What a fabulous church! It reminds me of one in our city that is also from the Gothic Era.

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    February 3, 2015 at 09:02

    • The chapel is only 100 years old, so not from the original Gothic era (which was from the 12-16 th centuries) — (but impressive nevertheless)…

      Lady Fi wrote: > >

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      February 3, 2015 at 09:06

  53. so great 🙂

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    February 3, 2015 at 10:04

  54. A very beautiful church ! No wonder that there is moss already, it’s quite humid there.

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    February 3, 2015 at 10:11

  55. Yes, Hogwarts! Love it!

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    February 3, 2015 at 11:34

  56. It’s a very striking piece of Victorian Gothic, isn’t it!

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    February 3, 2015 at 11:50

  57. Beauty and amazing craftsmanship……..great photos……..thank you!

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    February 3, 2015 at 13:16

  58. What a wonderful building. Great photos!

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    February 3, 2015 at 13:32

  59. So lovely, the details are beautiful. I kind of like the mossy windows.. Great series of photos. Have a happy week!

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    February 3, 2015 at 13:37

  60. a glorious edifice!

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    February 3, 2015 at 13:41

  61. These are amazing. Hubby wants to visit England sooner rather than later. I can se why! Majestic, they are.

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    February 3, 2015 at 16:40

  62. Wow! the architecture

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    February 3, 2015 at 16:55

  63. Don

    You shot a remarkable series of this wonderful Chapel.

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    February 3, 2015 at 17:50

  64. Coloring Outside the Lines

    Wow- what an impressive place! I was going to say Downton Abbeyish, but you are right- it is more like Hogwarts school. Either way- it is magnificent. I hope someone will polish off that moss soon and not let it fall into disrepair.

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    February 3, 2015 at 18:51

  65. Stunning!

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    February 3, 2015 at 19:13

  66. So impressive.

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    February 3, 2015 at 20:38

  67. I’m happy with the first picture. The lines are perfect. Not so fond of detail in close-up, too much decoration for my taste. Gothic Revival, of course.

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    February 3, 2015 at 21:27

  68. of architectural styles I always loved Gothic the most – it’s so elegant:) Great captures, Fiona:)

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    February 3, 2015 at 21:39

  69. It is indeed splendid architecture – it struck me that it would still be so if only the top section had been built! Thank you for sharing Fi. Happy mid-week to you and yours

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    February 3, 2015 at 23:10

  70. Your photos show it’s intricacy and its immense presence. Surely any prayers are very close to Heaven!

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    February 4, 2015 at 00:55

  71. Pat

    Awesome structure.

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    February 4, 2015 at 01:36

  72. What an absolutely gorgeous structure!!!!

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    February 4, 2015 at 01:57

  73. Al

    What an amazing place – wonderful photos!

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    February 4, 2015 at 02:01

  74. Magnificent structure.

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    February 4, 2015 at 03:04

  75. miss-red-fox

    This is a great building! Although it has no real towers, it remindes me a little of the Dome in Cologne, do you know that one? I love it! Have a nice day!

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    February 4, 2015 at 11:43

  76. It reminds me a bit of Hogwarts too.

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    February 4, 2015 at 12:33

  77. Oh wow, look at that amazing architecture!!

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    February 4, 2015 at 15:16

  78. I’m currently reading some of the early Harry Potter books out loud as our chapter books with my youngest… giving my Hogwarts fever all over again (it’s been years since I read them all to myself and loved them heartily.) I agree about the resemblance, and magical stature. What a magnificent place!

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    February 4, 2015 at 18:06

  79. Thanks for visiting me at MammothLakesDP!!! And yes…leaving the Eastern Sierras was very hard, and yet the right thing to do. The altitude and my body just don’t mix well anymore…
    One of my favorite things about traveling to England is the beautiful cathedrals and old architecture…Original TeePee’s and Adobe huts are pretty hard to come by here in the States!!!

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    February 4, 2015 at 19:20

  80. This is absolutely incredible. I highly admire gothic architecture. It’one reason I visiting Europe.

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    February 4, 2015 at 21:00

  81. daryledelstein

    what beauty!!

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    February 4, 2015 at 21:19

  82. Wow …. what a beautiful church.
    What a detail and what a beautiful style and ……. truly amazing beautifully photographed!

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    February 4, 2015 at 21:39

  83. I wouldn’t mind being a window washer of those windows. Definitely difficult work, but ah, the zen of being up there.

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    February 4, 2015 at 22:38

  84. kmcblackburn

    Such BEAUTIFUL and intricate details in the architecture. Exquisite!

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    February 4, 2015 at 23:27

  85. Pat

    What a stunning building! Your photos of it are fantastic.

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    February 5, 2015 at 00:02

  86. Great set of pictures of this amazing architecture, I guess the interior is spectacular!

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    February 5, 2015 at 04:57

  87. RMW

    I lived near Lancing and visited many times. I love gothic architecture…. thanks for the photos.

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    February 5, 2015 at 06:12

  88. An amazing piece of architecture. Thanks for drawing my attention to a building in my own country which I had hitherto not known about.

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    February 5, 2015 at 10:12

  89. nocolebolo


    Delightful chapel. Your photos representing it to perfection.

    hugs

    · LMA · & · CR ·

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    February 5, 2015 at 20:02

  90. I like the moss. Sometimes old buildings need to be a little mossy and lichen covered.

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    February 6, 2015 at 00:30

  91. I can never get tired looking at those details..`Aren’t they amazing? I recently posted the Chatedrale du Notre Dame, Strasbourg and it also has its breathtaking and elaborated gothic design..

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    February 7, 2015 at 16:40

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  93. That is amazing architecture. I’m surprised it’s only 100 years old, actually!

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    February 11, 2015 at 06:00

  94. They don’t build them like this any more! We had a modern church / chapel like this near us in Somerset as a kid – most visitors thought it was older than it was.

    Cheers – Stewart M – Melbourne

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    February 15, 2015 at 10:43

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