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Audley Chapel

Berechurch Hall Road, Colchester, Essex, CO2 9NU
Date and Time
9 September
10:00am - 1:00pm

16th Century burial chapel of the Audley family, with a fine hammer-beam roof and unique monuments and features. Knowledgeable guides will be on hand to answer questions.

The chapel was built in the early 16th century as the burial place of the Audley family, whose most prominent member was Sir Thomas Audley, Lord Chancellor during the reign of Henry VIII. The chapel contains the tomb of Sir Henry Audley, erected in 1648 before he died. It includes a white marble effigy of Sir Henry in armour, reclining on a black and white tomb chest containing the carved figures of his five children. There is also a marble tablet decorated with skulls and hourglasses to Robert Audley who died in 1624 and further memorials dating to the 19th century. The fine hammer-beam roof is decorated with carvings that include the emblems of Henry VIII and Katherine of Aragon, suggesting that the chapel was completed before the royal divorce in 1533, as well as heraldic badges containing the arms of Audley of Walden. St Michael's itself was entirely rebuilt in 1872 and is not open to the public. The Audley Chapel is now in the care of the Churches Conservation Trust.

Event Times

Saturday 9 September: 1000-1300

Booking Details

No booking required

Additional Information



Next to the Military Corrective Training Centre.

Event organiser is Colchester and Ipswich Museums.

Disclaimer: All information was correct when the listing was prepared. Any questions about the event should be directed to the event organiser.

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