Chapel of St. John, Tower of London

Chapel of St John Tower of London

The small Chapel of St. John in the Tower of London (1078) is in one of first Norman buildings completed after the conquest, and was commissioned by William the Conqueror as a private place to pray and take communion with his family. Architecturally, is amongst the most spiritual ecclesiastical interiors in Europe.

Luke Hughes was commissioned by the Tower of London’s Chapels Royal Foundation and the Historic Royal Palaces Trust to completely refurnish the interior. The aim was to evoke something of the building’s original intent whilst still making it serviceable for the vast number of visitors (2.8M in 2016 and, over Easter this year, more than 450,000 in a single day). New furniture included an intricate dais with communion rail, benches, stacking choir chairs, a storage chest, lectern and font all in solid English oak.

This marks the team's third major project at the Tower (after the New Armouries and St Peter ad Vincula) and one of a dozen projects completed for the Historic Royal Palaces; others include work at Kew Palace and Hampton Court.

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