King's College Chapel Cambridge, England

Founded in 1446 by Henry VI, this Late Gothic chapel is famed for its fine architecture, rare 16th-century stained glass, exquisite fan vaulting, Renaissance wooden screen, and Rubens altarpiece.

Fan Vault (1508-15)
David Joyal

Facts & Stats

Best Known As
King's College Chapel
Full Name
King's College Chapel
52.204911° N, 0.116408° E  (map)
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Contact Info

King's Parade
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Listed Building Description

KING'S COLLEGE 1. 942 Chapel TL 4458 SE 6/267 26.4.50. I 2.

The Chapel was built between 1446 and 1515, and the glass was added between 1515 and 1531. The woodwork was made between 1532 and 1575.

The building is an outstanding example of the craftsmanship of the period and all the fittings are noteworthy. The fan-vault of the roof was designed and built by John Wastell, master-mason 1512-15. The timber roof was built by Martin Prentice and Richard Russel 1508-15; it is of 24 bays. The East end and altar were remodelled in the general internal restoration of 1968.

There are several good C16 doors with fine locks and other iron fittings. C18 font. The windows form one of the finest and most complete sets of late medieval stained glass in Europe. The side-chapel glass is, however, mostly modern. Brass eagle lectern, early C16 with candle sconces added by Butterfield and a base by Rattee in 1854. Organ by Renee Harris, 1688. Screen of magnificent oak carving, 1533-36 with the central doors of 1636. Choir stalls of oak, 1533-6. The Chapel was paved with marble 1702 and Portland stone 1775. Monument to John Churchill, only son of Duke of Marlborough, died 1702. (RCHM).

Listing NGR: TL4472858395

Further Resources

  1. The National Heritage List for England: 1139003, /resultsingle.aspx?uid=1139003. Historic England.
  2. Official Website of King's College Chapel. Official source.