St Mary the Virgin Hambleden

Light Perceptions

Built: C12th C14th with additions C15th C19th
Listed: Grade II*
Project Type: Interior Relighting Project
Project cost: £99,000 ex VAT and fees
Completed: December 2015
Case Study No: 3501

Hambleden borders the Chiltern Hills between Marlow and Henley. St Mary’s church comprises a west tower; a long un-aisled nave, transepts and a square-ended chancel with a beautiful painted ceiling.

Chapels were built to the north and south of the chancel. The organ and vestry now occupy most of the north chapel. The Lady Chapel lies in the south chancel aisle. In the nave there is a small memorial plaque to W H Smith, who was once a church warden.

The new lighting scheme relies on a set of pendants, reproductions of older Arts and Crafts fittings, designed to provide generous reading light for the congregation and concerts goers.

There is decorative uplighting to the painted chancel ceiling and subtle highlighting of the key liturgical and historical features.

Posted On: September 26, 2016