5 March 2018
David Critchley (Former Staff 2006-17) has been researching what the archives of the architect Sir Robert Lorimer and the sculptor Charles Pilkington Jackson have to say about the Chapel carvings.
He would be interested to hear from you if you recall any stories about them or their symbolism from your time at Stowe. On a similar note, when the future King George VI opened the Chapel in 1929 he was given a ceremonial key and a silver key case. The pair cost 13 guineas so the silver case was doubtless engraved. The Royal Collection has no knowledge of key or case: if you have picked up such a thing on the antiques market we would be interested to hear from you: it may have been designed by Sir Robert himself (which will have a significant effect on its value).
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