The new altar and presidential chair

The Chapel is used by the Bishop and others for regular acts of worship and prayer.

Visitors are welcome to take time for reflection here, and candles mark the prayers of pilgrims and other guests to this sacred place.

This simple graceful building with roof bosses of naturalistic foliage is dedicated to the Holy Trinity and St. Mark. It was built by Bishop Robert Burnell at around the same time as the adjoining Great Hall in the late-thirteenth century.

The windows are surprisingly large for the period and the tracery in them is an exceptionally fine example of the Early English style.

The Chapel was restored by Bishop George Henry Law in the nineteenth century. In the windows he used fragments of French medieval glass from churches in the Rouen area, which were destroyed in the revolutionary era.

The benches are early-twentieth century and were carved by craftsmen from a number of parishes within the diocese.

The Chapel was re-ordered in 2006. The sanctuary area was enlarged by the removal of a step. The new altar, made of maple and stone, was designed by David John. The altar was made by Richard Richardson. The altar stands above engraved stone work by John Rowlands Pritchard, with the text, ‘God was in Christ reconciling the world to himself; and has given us the ministry of reconciliation’.

The Celtic wooden pattern that holds the legs of the altar together symbolises reconciliation.

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