A marvel in marble at college

The newly restored altar at St Peter's chapel, Stonyhurst
The newly restored altar at St Peter's chapel, Stonyhurst

Worshippers at St Peter’s Church at Stonyhurst College are admiring an ornate marble altar, donated and specially refurbished to replace a timber one.

It was gifted by John and Bridget Weld Blundell, from nearby Leagram Hall, and Alberti Lupton’s of Manchester carried out the specialist cleaning and polishing and added a horizontal marble plinth. The altar is seen as more befitting of the impressive Grade I-listed building, and has been described as “marvellous” by St Peter’s Parish Priest, Fr Peter Griffiths SJ. The project was commissioned by Stonyhurst College, the Society of Jesus and the Parish, and followed a recent major restoration of the church by Preston-based architectural and planning consultancy Cassidy and Ashton. Director and specialist conservation architect Michael Hartley said: “It was a privilege to again work on this important and beautiful church and to provide the finishing touches to the restoration work we recently undertook.”