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…”