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Visitors gather for rare look inside Hanging Chapel in Langport

Visitors gather for rare look inside Hanging Chapel in Langport

A SELECT few lucky visitors to Langport were given a unique insight into one of the town’s most iconic buildings. The Hanging Chapel, which is managed by the Langport Town Trust, opened its doors to a group of 30 visitors on Saturday afternoon. The chapel was constructed in the early-14th century and was originally known as the Chantry of the Blessed Mary of Langport Eastover. Over the centuries, the chapel has performed many different roles within the town, serving as the town hall between 1547 and 1600. Since 1891 it has fulfilled its current role, as the home to the Portcullis Lodge, which meets there every second Thursday evening of the month. Former lodge master Robert Webb was on hand to guide visitors around and to answer questions about the chapel’s history. The chapel, which is Grade 1 listed, contains many fine examples of traditional stained glass.