the seal of the medieval priory
St Augustine's Chapel
this was never one of the Shrine's Fifteen Chapels

there have been three St Augustine's Chapels on the same spot
St Augustine
(originally intended to be dedicated to
Our Lady of Sorrows as well)
chapel of The College of St Augustine
from OLM Winter Number 1951
['Winter' was the first issue of any OLM year, not the last]
The donation of a friend who wishes the work to be done in memory of her brother [Fr Charles Boyle Woolley] has enabled us to put in order the Chapel of S Augustine. We propose keeping the relics there behind a grill. Pilgrims will remember that derelict-looking chapel outside S Augustine’s porch, with its unused and unfurnished altar, all waiting for an opportunity such as this. It is a great joy to be able to get this in order at last: materials for frontals, hangings, a mat 6ft. long by 3ft. 6in. wide, in dark colours, a chalice, a missal and stand, vestments and other suitable furnishings would be gratefully received.

Looking through the gate after the refurbishment work in 1951 when the chapel was brought 'inside' the Shrine Church by making its entrance on to the South aisle and blocking up the outer wall. It was highly decorated by Enid Chadwick (see picture right).

All this changed when the Jubilee Cloister was built in 1972 and it was reoriented and furnished in the simple manner it is now. The brickwork of the two east archways illustrates these alterations.

A plaque nearby records that the refurbishment of this chapel was done in memory of Charles Boyle Woolley, Rector of Church Lench 1914-44, but fails to explain that it refers to the earlier chapel. Fr Woolley died in 1948.

from OLM Spring Number 1951
On Monday in Holy Week we discovered that S. Augustine’s was on fire; a strange smell as of dead rats had been noticed the night before and it became stifling during the night. When the wall was opened we were told it had been smouldering for days; perhaps weeks. On Maundy Thursday after Office while the altars were being stripped, another pillar of fire leapt up almost to the roof of the Church, a curtain beside the altar of Repose had caught alight; this too was promptly extinguished.
from OLM Summer Number 1951
We had hoped to have been able to use S. Augustine’s Chapel for [Easter], but alas, the work of decorating and furnishing has all been held up – the former for want of gold leaf, although two friends of the Shrine generously helped by giving some books and so enabled us to make a start. 

The 1951 Chapel was used by the College of St Augustine for their daily offices. It was also used as the Altar of Repose in Holy Week.


in 1938

This was originally an 'outside' chapel as can be seen (marked 18) from the ground plan above in the Little Guide.



Enid Chadwick painting in the chapel during the 1951 refurbishment

The Annunciation
The Agony in the Garden
The Resurrection
The Visitation
The Scourging
The Ascension
The Birth of Our Lord
The Crowning with Thorns
The Coming of the Holy Spirit
The Presentation in the Temple
The Carrying of the Cross
The Assumption of Our Lady
The Finding in the Temple
The Crucifixion
The Coronation of Our Lady
Ground Plan
Chapel of The Sacred Heart
 Outdoor Photographs

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