Horsley Towers: The Cloisters

Horsley Towers: The Cloisters

In 1859, working with the same materials and in a fanciful style, Lovelace built a system of cloisters on the north side of Barrys original building. These cloisters were possibly made to serve the same function as the Tudor long galleries for recreational use in inclement weather. They were at first floor level, looking down on the kitchen courtyard, and had an elaborate system of brick vaulting supported by columns made of drainpipes all painted in polychrome to look like brick. At one end of the cloisters was an ornate and stylized chapel with the same brick vaulting and drainpipe columns done in polychrome. There was decoration in blue and white tiles around the altar

Horsley Towers: The Chapel

Horsley Towers: The Chapel

and walls, floor tiles containing the arms of various branches of the Lovelace family, Italian paintings between the spandrels and a memorial tablet to his first wife. The style of this chapel can best be described as busy! Needless to say, it was never consecrated!

The kitchen yard lay to the north of the house and a tunnel ran under the garden to the right of the picture, connecting up with the stable yard where all the workshops and cottages for the gardeners and grooms were. The cloisters can be seen running round the kitchen yard.

East Horsley, Horsley Towers

East Horsley, Horsley Towers

The chapel is situated above the horseshoe arch which leads from the kitchen yard to the front of the house.

East Horsley, Horsley Towers Image: HCPS

East Horsley, Horsley Towers Image: HCPS

One Response to East Horsley, Horsley Towers: The Cloisters and Chapel

  1. Peter Watts says:

    Here is a 360 panorama showing the inside of Horsley Towers chapel, which is not usually open to the general public.

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