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St Bees Priory Methodist Chapel School Chapel

St Bees School Chapel

St Bees School ChapelThe St. Bees School Chapel dates from 1907 and is a private chapel for School use. The school was founded by Archbishop Grindal more than 400 years ago.

The Chapel was built in 1907 to a design by Paley and Austin of Lancaster in a free Perpendicular style. There is a small Wilkinson organ, and in the West window is a memorial to the evacuation of Mill Hill School to the Village during World War II.

Mill Hill was evacuated during the war and shared facilities with St. Bees School.

The Chapel is private, and anyone wishing to view it should contact the main office at St Bees School.

St Bees School has its own War Memorial on the terrace adjacent to the Chapel, and there is a memorial to the School's three VC winners within the Chapel. The large playing field between Pow Beck and the Priory was laid out in the 1920's as a memorial, and is known as the "Memorial Field" to this day.



Many St Bees pupils and masters died during the two World Wars. Amongst them are three Victoria Cross winners.

See World War Dead & Memorials




Although a few services are held in the School Chapel, the number of pupils makes this impractical and most services are held in the Priory Church.


The present Chaplain to St Bees School, and Vicar at St Bees Priory, is the Rev Clifford Swartz, who was appointed in 2011.

Cliff is an American who trained in Britain, and initially served in England before moving back to America. In 2011 he left his post in Manhattan to take up the post of Vicar to St Bees Priory and Chaplain to St Bees School.