June 2016 | Tom Ryley, Communications and Digital Officer

The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB) has named the marble-floored chapel of the Old Royal Naval College Chapel amongst the top 20 Historic Floors in Britain.

History at Your Feet, a summer-long campaign by SPAB encouraging greater awareness of the importance and artistry of old floors, has examined historic floors up and down the country, ranking the marble flooring of the Chapel as amongst the best in the country.

The entry reads:

"The Chapel of St Peter and St Paul at the Old Royal Naval College is a neo-classical masterpiece by James ‘Athenian’ Stuart and William Newton. It is one of the finest eighteenth century interiors in the UK. Naval motifs are depicted throughout the Chapel, reflecting the building’s original purpose as a place of worship for the inhabitants of the Royal Hospital for Seamen. This is a great place to #lookdown. In the centre of the black and white marble floor there is a ship’s anchor, and a rope design runs along the edge of the pews which is said to match exactly the diameter of an anchor cable of a ‘first-rate’ ship of the line."

You can read the whole article here.

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