We’ve just had a phone call from the BBC to inform us that the R C National Shrine Slipper Chapel will feature on this Sunday’s Songs of Praise.
Hymns throughout the programme were recorded in different Gothic churches and chapels throughout the country, and the hymn “Hail, Queen of Heaven” was filmed in the Slipper Chapel. The BBC website says “Aled Jones discovers the remarkable story of leading church architect Augustus Pugin.” Between 1821 and 1838 Pugin and his father published a series of volumes of architectural drawings, some of which featured examples of Gothic architecture. Pugin sketched the West Front elevation of the “Chapel of Houghton in the Dale, Norfolk” now known as the Slipper Chapel. In the description it was described:
“The west window exhibits a beautiful example of cuvilinear tracery, the ramifications of its mullions being adjusted very gracefully.”
The programme airs at 5.00 pm on Sunday 24th June 2012 on BBC1.