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30 April 2012

Visit the Guards Chapel

The original chapel at what is now the Wellington Barracks on Birdcage Walk held its first service in May 1838, it was tragically destroyed by a bombing raid in June 1944, in an attack that killed more than 120 people.

Work did not start to rebuild the chapel until 1962, and it was rededicated in November 1963. Though it looks rather plain and modernist from the outside, the interior is very atmospheric, decorated with regimental flags and various memorials. Given the Guards often-demonstrated musical talents, it is probably unsurprising that the chapel also hosts occasional recitals and concerts, and one was just about to start when your author popped in last week.

The Chapel is found at the Wellington Barracks on Birdcage Walk in Westminster. For more, see http://www.guards-shop.com/chapel.htm

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