Lord Patten of Barnes CH PC
Chancellor of the University of Oxford, and Chairman of the BBC Trust, 2011 –2014
- Place of Worship
- Bishop Edward King Chapel
- A prize-winning modern building able to accommodate a range of worshipping needs.
- Cuddesdon, Oxfordshire OX44 9EX
- Church of England
A real little gem.
It is very difficult to choose. I don’t imagine that you will have many modern buildings on your list, but I like very much the new chapel at Ripon College at Oxford. The College is outside the City at Cuddesdon with wonderful views over rolling Oxfordshire countryside. The Bishop Edward King Chapel was designed by Niall McLaughlin and is next to a huge copper beech which is about three hundred years old. From the outside it looks a little like a drum or an upturned boat. Inside it is beautifully light with the sunlight creating wonderful effects on the stone and furniture made from ash. It is a real little gem.