Hampshire Walk – July 2015

Head to Burghclere in north-west Hampshire to visit the counties answer to the Sistine Chapel. Shortly after starting out, the walk passes the modest red-brick Sandham Memorial Chapel (National Trust) built in the 1920’s. However, inside is a stunning series of large-scale murals painted by the acclaimed English artist Sir Stanley Spencer, to honour the ‘forgotten dead’ of the First World War. The climax of the series, which took six years to complete, is The Resurrection of the Soldiers, in which British soldiers lay their white wooden crosses, that had marked their graves, at the feet of Christ. After passing The Carpenter’s Arms the walk heads through fields and woods, crossing the disused Didcot, Newbury and Southampton Railway which closed in 1960 on the way, before returning back to the start; published in the July 2015 issue of Hampshire Life.

Sandham Memorial Chapel, Burghclere
Sandham Memorial Chapel, Burghclere