As Friends of Gordon’s School we were pleased to join other school supporters at a tour of the school chapel celebrating the success of the chapel stained glass restoration fund.
The Chapel was erected in 1894 by private subscription at the instance of Queen Victoria in memory of her grandson, HRH The Duke of Clarence and Avondale. Most of the windows in the Chapel were presented, not long after the completion of the Chapel, by benefactors as memorials. In the School’s appeal website it says,
The Gordon’s School Chapel, dedicated to St Edward the Confessor, dates from 1894 and is built in memory of the Duke of Clarence, Queen Victoria’s grandson; it has recently been Grade 2 Listed. The Chapel has some beautiful stained glass which is in need of extensive restoration work, the total cost of this will be in the region of £28,000, of which £14,500 is high priority work.
The tour benefited from the immense knowledge of the chapel from the recently retired school chaplain Reverend Denis Robinson, who worked at the school for 37 years, and was Chaplain from 1994 to 2017. Denis pointed out the memorial tablets to Old Boys killed in action in numerous wars, including a plaque to past students killed in action in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Denis told the story of the famous painting by G.W. Joy of ‘Gordon’s Last Stand’, which for many years hung in the Chapel, on loan from Leeds Museum. Denis said that it wasn’t until 1985, on centennial of General Gordon’s death, that it was recognised to be here at the School, and was subsequently returned to Leeds Museum. The painting hanging in the chapel is a good copy of G W Joy’s work.
Here are a few photo’s of the Chapel, it’s windows, and items from school’s collection of Gordon memorabilia. [Click to enlarge].