200 years ago Keats was inspired by the chapel at Stansted

On Monday 25 January 1819 Keats and Brown visited Stansted Park, one of the finest houses in the area, built in the late 18th century, with a medieval core.
Its features included gold-embroidered chairs, a tapestry from Arras, and panelled rooms with intricate carvings by Grindling Gibbons. The chapel has a window with a triple arch, diamond-shaped panes of glass and coats of arms. All of these would appear in ‘The Eve of St. Agnes’.
Writing to his brother George: ‘The only time I went out from Bedhampton was to see a chapel consecrated—Brown, I, and John Snook the boy, went in a chaise behind a leaden horse. Brown drove, but the horse did not mind him. This chapel is built by a Mr. Way, a great Jew converter.’

Photos of the chapel by Peter Phillips.
“A window high and triple-arched there was…”


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