Smeatharpe School Chapel or Sanctuary at Smeatharpe School

Upottery Manor was the ancestral home of Viscount Sidmouth and Lady Sidmouth.
In the 1920’s it is said that Lady Sidmouth was concerned that villagers in Smeatharpe were not walking the two miles to the Parish Church in Upottery, but were taking a short stroll to the Baptist Church at Newhouse for Sunday services. As a result, Lady Sidmouth paid for a chapel or sanctuary to be added to the school building at Smeatharpe so that Church of England services could be provided for the villagers of Smeatharpe and children at the school. The Sanctuary was consecrated in 1924 and a brass plaque was mounted there with an inscription.


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