National Recording Project


Detail from: Memorial to 158 Squadron by Peter W. Naylor, 2009

Angel Corbels


     Ten angel figures kneeling and reading the Bible intently. They are located at the top of the two side walls (five each side), supporting the roof trusses along both walls. They are painted in naturalistic colours. Pevsner considers that Pugin may have been responsible for the decorative colouring.The Lady Chapel has a very fine red and blue Pugin-designed roof in the Gothic style. A recently installed modern stained glass window in vivid colours adorns the third wall. In front is a stainless steel altar cross revolving with the heat of candles on which three glass doves are suspended.
     Thomas Fradgley designed the angel corbels, but these were decorated by Pugin at the same time as the ceiling (1849-51). In a watercolour by Joseph Lynch dated 1854, the angels' bibles are painted red and the figures themselves are gilded. The figures have been recently restored.

Contributor details

Contributor Role
Pugin, Augustus Welby Northmore Artist
Potter Jnr, Joseph Architect
Britannia Iron Works, None Metal worker
Fradgley, Thomas Architect

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Angel (x 10) Cast iron, painted and gold leafed 180cm high x 55cm wide
Corbels Cast iron, gold leafed 60cm high x 80cm wide

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
STsmALvh005 BM
General condition Good
Surface condition
  • No damage
Structural condition
  • None
  • None
Road None
Precise location Alton Towers: Lady Chapel
A-Z ref None
OS ref None

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Date of design Completed 1833
Year of unveiling circa1833
Unveiling details circa1833
Commissioned by Earls of Shrewsbury
Duty of care Alton Towers - part of Tussauds Group
Listing status II*
At risk? No known risk

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