College of St George - Windsor Castle

The Nave

St George's Chapel

The Nave

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The Nave of St George's ChapelThe Nave of St George's Chapel

The Nave of St George's Chapel was started by 1483 and roofed by 1496, although the magnificent stone vaulting was not completed until 1528. See the Nave virtual tour fullscreen (link opens in a new window).

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1 The West Window1 The West Window

The West WindowThe West Window The West Window, said to be the third largest in England, contains seventy five lights of which sixty five pre-date 1509. The right hand detail depicts William Virtue who was the Master Mason responsible for the construction of the Chapel and is probably the work of Barnard Flower, King's Glazier (1505-1517) to Henry VII and Henry VIII.

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2 The Rutland Chantry2 The Rutland Chantry

The Rutland Chantry The Rutland Chantry Situated in the north transcept of the Chapel, The Rutland Chantry was founded by Sir Thomas St Leger in 1481. He was brother-in-law of King Edward IV and was executed in 1483 by command of King Richard III. He and his wife are commemorated by a copper plate on the north wall. In the centre of the chantry is the tomb of Lord Roos, who died 1513, and his wife Anne and daughter the Duchess of Exeter.

The Rutland chantry is frequently used for services. The furniture was presented by the Scout Association in 2007 to mark its centenary.

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3 The Organ Loft3 The Organ Loft

The Organ Loft The present organ loft was built during restoration works in the reign of King George III. The design was by Henry Emlyn and sits on a screen constructed from an artificial stone called Coade.

The Organ Loft

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4 Entrance to the Quire4 Entrance to the Quire

The entrance to the Quire is through the Organ screen from the Nave.

The entrance to the Quire.

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5 The Bray Chantry5 The Bray Chantry

The Bray Chantry The Bray Chantry Situated in the south transcept of the Chapel, this chantry is the burial place of Sir Reginald Bray. He served as a minister of King Henry VII, dying in 1503. At this time the construction of the Chapel was far from complete and following instructions in his will his executors enabled completion of works. As the works were completed they were commemorated with the Bray badge (a hemp-brake; a machine for crushing hemp). It appears 175 times in stone and metal throughout St George's Chapel.

The Bray Chantry

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Other points of interestOther points of interest

The Urswick Chantry In the north west corner of the Nave is a chapel originally intended to commemorate two canons, Thomas Passhe and William Hermer, and a virger John Plummer. Chapter took the decision, in 1507, to form a chantry to Dean Christopher Urswick, who died much later in 1522.

In 1824 a memorial was erected to Princess Charlotte, daughter of the Prince Regent and later King George IV, who died in childbirth in 1817.

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