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Downside Abbey Church

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Downside Abbey is a Roman Catholic monastery and is home to a Community of Benedictine monks. Downside Abbey Church, one of only four Minor Basilicas in England, has been designated by English Heritage as a grade I listed building.

What to look for when you visit Downside Abbey Church…
The Giles Gilbert-Scott designed Nave, with its ‘unfinished’ West front: spot the arches
The magnificent gate to the Lady Chapel; itself one of the most complete and successful schemes of Ninian Comper.
The Garner-designed woodwork of the quire, modelled on the stalls in Chester Cathedral.
Listen to the Compton organ with its 142 speaking stops and casework by Giles Gilbert Scott. The console is made from timber from HMS Bellerophon which transported Napoleon after the Battle of Waterloo.
The decorated transepts, the oldest part of the Abbey Church, designed by Dunn and Hansom in 1882.
The relics of St Oliver Plunkett.

Sir Nikolaus Pevsner described Downside as “the most splendid demonstration of the renaissance of Roman Catholicism in England“.

Tours are available of the Abbey Church and Monastic Library. There is also a Bookshop and Visitor Centre serving tea and cake throughout the day, with disabled access and free parking.

Facilities:
Downside Abbey Church facilities include Disabled Access Downside Abbey Church facilities include Parking Downside Abbey Church facilities include Refreshments Downside Abbey Church facilities include Shop Downside Abbey Church facilities include Toilets 

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