Uncovering the Secrets of The Guild Chapel

by The Guild Chapel in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, United Kingdom

We did it
On 8th December 2021 we successfully raised £1,710 ( + est. £372.50 Gift Aid ) with 29 supporters in 28 days

Can you help us to reveal one of the last great secrets in The Guild Chapel, hidden from sight since the 19th century?

by The Guild Chapel in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, United Kingdom

Thanks to The Pilgrim Trust, the next phase of the conservation project in the Guild Chapel is poised to begin.

We need your help to reveal one of the last great secrets in the Chapel, a medieval wall-painting hidden from sight since the early-nineteenth century.

With your help, we will be able to remove the panels in the northwest corner of the building and finally solve the mystery of the painting, recorded by the antiquarian, Thomas Fisher, in 1804 when some of the wall-paintings were first rediscovered. 

Fisher didn’t identify the image, but other early commentators suggested it might represent one of the Seven Deadly Sins, a recurring theme in the Chapel’s wall-paintings – pride, perhaps, or avarice? Then, in 1988, the well-known wall-paintings expert, Clifford Davidson, identified the painting as the Whore of Babylon, a personification of evil; the text is fragmentary, but one of the scrolls appears to contains the word ‘Babylonis’.

The cost of revealing this painting is estimated at £5,000. 

By contributing to our conservation appeal, you can become part of this exciting and unique project and help us to finally understand the mysterious painting hidden for so long! 


This project offers rewards in return for your donation. Please select a reward below.

£25 or more

5 of 100 claimed

£25 Reward

If you pledge £25, you will be invited to an online talk by Dr Kate Giles, Senior Lecturer, Director of Studies, MA Archaeology of Buildings, University of York.

£50 or more

3 of 75 claimed

£50 Reward

All those who contribute £50 will be invited to an online talk by Dr Miriam Gill, Lecturer in the History of Art

£250 or more

3 of 20 claimed

£250 Reward

Those contributing £250 or more will be invited to meet the conservators in the Guild Chapel and get up close to the paintings and hear first hand about their discoveries.

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