I may have spent most of this weekend photographing recorder players in action, but that wasn’t going to stop me catching some photos of the amazing architecture here at Ushaw College. Built as a Catholic seminary in the 19th century, the college is a stunning building. St Cuthbert’s Chapel, one of several on site, was originally designed by Augustus Pugin, perhaps better known as the architect of the House of Parliament and the Elizabeth Tower (home to Big Ben) in London. By the end of the century the chapel had been outgrown so it fell to Archibald Dunn and Joseph Hansom to expand and rebuild it.
Sitting in the chapel during some of the Festival events I found many interesting details to photograph. However, to capture the full grandure I sneaked again early this morning, before the day’s playing events got started.
The College is also home to several smaller chapels. These are less showy than St Cuthbert’s but beautiful nonetheless.
Elsewhere earlier spaces have been repurposed, including the College’s original chapel. It’s now a theatre, complete with raked seating, but the earlier architectural details have been retained as much as possible.
14 April 2019