Chapel

The Old Royal Naval College is home to its own beautiful chapel, dedicated to St. Peter and St. Paul, in recognition of their connections with water and the sea.

The final major part of the site to be completed, it was constructed by Thomas Ripley, following the designs of Sir Christopher Wren. Sadly, it was ravaged by fire 1779, but rescued from ruin by James ‘Athenian’ Stuart who lovingly restored and redecorated the Chapel. His chosen Greek revival style makes it a beautiful neoclassical interior example.

The Chapel of Saint Peter and Saint Paul at the Old Royal Naval College is an active Anglican place of worship in the Church of England where we hold regular Sunday and weekday services, as well as weddings, baptisms and funerals for established members of our congregation.

Because the Chapel in not a parish church, but lies within the parish of St Alfege, Greenwich, it is only possible to be married in the Chapel by the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Special Marriage Licence. An application for this Licence application can only be submitted after the couple have been regularly attending services at the Chapel for at least six months, and have demonstrated their commitment to remaining regular and active members of the Chapel’s worshipping community after their wedding. The Faculty Office requires that couples attend at least one service each week for three out of every four weeks during the six month period in order to fulfil this requirement. Services are held at 11:00 am on Sundays and, during the academic terms, at 6:30 pm on Mondays and 1:05 pm on Wednesdays.

A further two months should then be allowed between submitting the Licence application and the date of the wedding.  Couples should therefore normally allow a minimum of eight months between booking their wedding and their preferred wedding date.

In addition, the application for the Archbishop’s Licence can normally only be made when one or both of the couple are baptised members of the Church of England, or baptised members of a church in communion with the Church of England.  However, in some limited circumstances, and after discussion with the Chapel clergy, this requirement may be waived.  There are, of course, other requirements for all couples wishing to be married in any place of worship in the Church of England and these must also be met.

Any couples who believe they currently meet all the requirements for the Special Licence and for marriage in the Church of England, or who would like to discuss their intention to meet these requirements prior to applying for a Special Licence, should contact the The Chaplain as directed below.

oUR ChaPLAIN:

Revd Patricia Mann
D: 020 8269 4796
E: pmann@ornc.org

For ANY ADDITIONAL enquiries about the Chapel, please contact our chapel manager:

Deborah Robson
Chapel Manager
D: 020 8269 4788
E: drobson@ornc.org