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 in a web document or cite the Victorian Web in a print one.



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

Last modified 1 September 2006