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    by gordonilla Updated Nov 14, 2010

    The Stanley Spencer Gallery started life as a chapel and it was here that Stanley Spencer was brought to services by his mother. Later it became a reading room and village hall, known as the Kings Hall, until 1960.

    The Stanley Spencer Gallery opened in 1962, three years after his death. It stands as a memorial to the artist. He loved his Cookham home, which gave him strength and comfort.

    The Gallery was opened by Spencer's friends and supporters. Even today, it is still run by volunteers and has a wonderful collection of more than 100 of his paintings and drawings.

    In 2007 the Gallery was awarded a large grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund which enabled the former Methodist chapel to be transformed into a stunning exhibition space. Two exhibitions are held each year. The Summer Exhibition sees the Gallery's own collection augmented with loans from other galleries and private owners. There is also a fine archive of photographs, books and other written material. The Gallery welcomes both the casual browser and the serious student equally.

    he Stanley Spencer Gallery was first opened in 1962, three years after the artist's death. It stands as a lasting memorial to the man who became synonymous with the village of Cookham. He loved his home; it gave him the strength and comfort he needed to be able to allow his imagination to soar and to fully exploit his genius talent for drawing and painting.

    Opened by Spencer's friends and supporters it is still totally run by volunteers and has a wonderful collection of more than 100 of his paintings and drawings. In 2007 the Gallery was awarded a large grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund which enabled the former Methodist chapel to be transformed into a stunning exhibition space. Two exhibitions are held each year. The Summer Exhibition sees the Gallery's own collection augmented with loans from other galleries and private owners. There is also a fine archive of photographs, books and other written material.

    There is a small fee for admission, and a reasonable selection of books and cards relating to the work of Stanley Spencer.

    I was a little disappointed that none of his work produced during the war years of 1939 - 1945 was on display.

    Signage Exterior (1) Interior (1) Sir Stanley Spencer CBE RA Information

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  • The Inn on the Green

    The Old Cricket Common, Cookham Dean, SL6 9NZ, United Kingdom

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    by gordonilla Written Nov 14, 2010

    This is one of the services which operates a minimal service, and out of hours the station buildings are closed; even the toilets.

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