Remembering Harry Chapman

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August 2022

Remembering Harry Chapman

Harry Chapman worked for Ridley Hall from 1906 to 1950 as Porter and Gardener.

During these years, he lived with his family in the Porter’s Lodge, now the Reception and office of Grove Books.

Harry was famous for growing geraniums, a fact that the artist has preserved for posterity! In the painting we can see the croquet lawn and G staircase through the window behind him.

The portrait will be rehung in Reception, in the room in which it was painted; Harry’s home during 44 years of faithful service to the Hall.

The Principal, the Revd Dr Michael Volland, in Ridley Hall’s reception office holding a portrait of Harry Chapman by Alice West, sister of former Chaplain, the Revd F. H. West.