Background to St. Leonard's
St. Leonard's Chapelry is a beautiful church on the outskirts of Malvern, Worcestershire, which forms the north-east corner of the Quadrangle of the Beauchamp Almshouses. The Almshouses were commissioned by the Third Earl Beauchamp and completed by his family in 1864.
In 1981, the three ecclesiastical parishes of Guarlford, Madresfield and Newland were put
under the care of one priest in charge. Then, in 1999, the three parishes were united to form a single parish with two parish churches –
Guarlford and Madresfield. At the same time, this new parish was linked with the parish of Powick to form a united Benefice with one incumbant.
So the former parish church of St. Leonard's, Newland, was declared redundant by the diocese, and the church is now the private chapel of the Beauchamp Community – administered and cared
for by its trustees.
As part of a retirement community, the Chapel is used frequently by residents and is not open to the public. Please check arrangements before planning a visit by calling the Warden of the Community on 01684 562100. The Chapelry is closed to visitors during the week. However, worshippers are welcome to attend the services.
These occur at the
8 a.m. Holy Communion
11 a.m. Sung Eucharist
The ancient traditions of Christian worship within the Church of England combined with an appreciation of the importance of prayer inspires all of the services from a quiet weekday Communion service in the Cloister Chapel to the full splendour of the Sung Eucharist on Sunday morning.
The chaplain of the Beauchamp Community and resident priests remain committed to preaching the Word of God and administering His Sacraments to all who desire them. Please Note: As a private chapel, non-resident members of the public are admitted courtesy of the Trustees. If you are planning a visit you should check in advance. For details please go to the information page.