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“Back in the Day” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Guild Chapel

The Guild Chapel
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Owner description: Chapel built by the Guild of the Holy Cross, which was established in the 13th century, whose aim was to provide for the religious and commercial needs of the clergy and merchants of the town.
Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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“Back in the Day”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2014

Having been schooled here, I take more or less any chance to visit the Chapel where we held assembly each morning - except the Catholic pupils who were shut away in a distant cubicle.
Key to a satisfactory reminiscence of the Chapel is having sat in the choir. Plebs in the common stalls were the lower orders, the supplicants. For a chorister there was a slight whiff of cordite when volunteers were sought for gospel readings and intercessions, but head boys and other show-offs were usually pleased to oblige.
The Chapel, thanks to our teacher Mr 'Am I Boring You?' Puddephat, was transformed by uncovering a mediaeval mural into a graphic and gory visual lesson in what would happen to us when we were admitted to an eternity in Hell. Inattentive plebs with wandering eyes were confronted by pitchforks, boiling oil and furnaces.
The choir, by contrast, turned our eyes upward merely to praise the Lord and check for rain through the fine old windows.

Visited August 2014
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“Definitely worth a visit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2014

A very interesting visit for anyone interested in churches and history. It is a shame the wall painting is not very clear but it is still worth making the effort to go. Beware though- the first time a visit was planned and booked with a group, we found it locked. We found it open one Saturday just by chance.

Visited July 2014
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Seria
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“Beautiful Chapel”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2013

We visited as a part of the guided city tour, and our guide (David), made it so much more interesting than it would have been if we'd gone alone

Visited August 2013
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Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom
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“Shakespeare”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2013

The Guild Chapel is attached to Old School where Shakespeare attended.If you visit during the summer months pupils from the school are sometimes available to give guided tours where you will see the actual classroom where Will was taught

Visited March 2013
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Philadelphia
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“Great small concert venue.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 May 2013

We have been to several excellent, intimate concerts here. We attended a particularly delightful high school flute concert at lunch time. If you half close your eyes, you can believe you are back several hundred years.

Visited March 2013
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