The former chapel that’s blessed with a host of heav­enly features

Yorkshire Post - Property - - PROPERTY - Sharon Dale The Old Chapel, Bish­ops Palace, Palace Road, Ripon. Price: £695,000. Con­tact: Bead­nall Co­p­ley, tel: 01765 698100, www.bead­nall­cop­ley.

WHEN David and Karen Brown went house hunt­ing they were look­ing for some­thing roomy with in­ter­est­ing features.

The prop­er­ties they viewed left them feel­ing unin­spired but then they saw The Old Chapel.

Once the Bishop of Ripon’s pri­vate place of wor­ship, the grade two listed build­ing is truly awe­some.

Con­verted into a home 13 years ago, its cav­ernous in­te­rior is full of ec­cle­si­as­ti­cal features and has a feel­ing of seren­ity that re­flects its past use. Saints and apos­tles watch over you from glo­ri­ous, floor-to-ceil­ing stained glass win­dows, while enor­mous vaulted ceil­ings add to the splen­dour along with hand-carved oak pan­elling and re­li­gious mo­saics.

“It was far more sub­stan­tial than any­thing else in our bud­get and its ar­chi­tec­tural features are amaz­ing,” says David.

The chapel was built in 1846 and de­signed by Wil­liam Rail­ton, who de­signed Nel­son’s Col­umn.

It is said that Lewis Car­roll found in­spi­ra­tion for his most fa­mous book Alice in Won­der­land there.

One of the win­dows is ded­i­cated to his fa­ther, Archdea­con Dodg­son, and the gar­goyles around the build­ing, well known to Car­roll, in­clude griffins and a fair maiden, which all fea­ture in the novel.

De­vel­op­ers, who bought the site, con­verted the Bishop’s Palace into swish apart­ments and sold the chapel on to a lo­cal buyer who did the ini­tial con­ver­sion. David and Karen, who bought the prop­erty 11 years ago, have since added their own touches, in­clud­ing an ex­ten­sion and a stun­ning oak stair­case. They have also had some of the win­dows re-leaded and cre­ated a third bed­room.

The chapel now has an en­trance porch, 28ft by 9ft kitchen, a din­ing room, open plan draw­ing room with carved wood pan­elling and re­stored church pews and a rear hall and lobby

On the first floor, there is a bal­conied land­ing, a master bed­room with large en-suite bath­room, a sec­ond bed­room with en-suite shower and a third bed­room.

The prop­erty also has a spi­ral stair­case that gives ac­cess onto the roof.

Out­side, there are gar­dens to three sides, a sub­stan­tial park­ing area plus a garage and car­port.

“We’ve done a lot of work to it over the years and ev­ery­one who comes here loves it, though not ev­ery­one wants to live in a former chapel.

“I’m not par­tic­u­larly re­li­gious but the stained glass win­dows are in­cred­i­ble, es­pe­cially when the sun shines on them and the colours are cast around the rooms,” says David.

Prospec­tive buy­ers needn’t worry too much about their up­keep.

“They re all in very good or­der and they’re really easy to keep clean. You don’t wash them, you just care­fully Hoover them.”

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