St. George's, Esher, Surrey

The Newcastle Chamber Pew in St George's Church. Queen Victoria sat here as a child. Sixteenth century. The pew was installed for the Duke of Newcastle in 1725, to a design by Sir John Vanbrugh, the architect of the original house at Claremont. This special pew is opposite the unusual three-stage pulpit. The pew had its own private entrance, and the royal party had their own fireplace. There were further box pews for their retinue. [Click on image to enlarge it.]

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Photograph and text 2006 by Jacqueline Banerjee. [You may use this image without prior permission for any scholarly or educational purpose as long as you (1) credit the photographer and (2) link your document to this URL.]


Howkins, Chris. Hidden Surrey: Town and Country. Newbury: Countryside, 1990.

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