Guards Chapel, Wellington Barracks

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Guards Chapel
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Alternative namesRoyal Military Chapel, St. James Park
General information
Town or city London
Country United Kingdom
Listed Building – Grade II*
Designated9 January 1970
Amended 26 April 2012
Part ofRoyal Military chapel and cloister, south of Birdcage Walk, Wellington Barracks
Reference no.1066441 [1]

The Royal Military Chapel, St James Park, known as the Guards Chapel, is the religious home of the Household Division at the Wellington Barracks in London. Constructed between 1839–40 in the style of a Grecian temple and restored in the 1870s, [2] the chapel was damaged by German bombing during the Blitz in 1940/1941.


The Flanders Fields Memorial Garden is situated adjacent to the chapel. [3]

On the last Tuesday of each month, except August, the Chapel hosts a free 45-minute lunchtime concert featuring a wide variety of music.

World War II attacks

On Sunday 18 June 1944 the chapel was hit again, this time by a V1 during the morning service. The explosion of the V1 collapsed the concrete roof onto the congregation, with 121 killed and 141 injured persons (military and civilians).

Using the memorials from the old chapel as foundations, [2] in the 1960s it was rebuilt in a modern style. In 1970 it was given Grade II* listed status. [1]

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  1. 1 2 Historic England, "Guards Chapel (1066441)", National Heritage List for England , retrieved 4 January 2018
  2. 1 2 Bromley & Bromley 2015, p. 585.
  3. "The Queen leads remembrance events in London". BBC News Online. 6 November 2014. Retrieved 6 November 2014.

Coordinates: 51°30′01″N0°08′08″W / 51.5003°N 0.1356°W / 51.5003; -0.1356