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Visit The Horton, virtually

The Horton Chapel Project is the restoration and refurbishment of Epsom’s Grade II listed Horton Chapel to be run as not-for-profit arts centre The Horton.

The project to convert the building, which has stood empty for many years, is managed by charity Horton Chapel Arts & Heritage Society, set up by local Epsom residents.

As part of the national Heritage Open Day scheme, between 11 and 20 September, online visitors will be able to join a ‘walk’ around The Horton building, using their mouse or cursor keys, to ‘look’ around 360 degrees. For more information please see the Horton Chapel Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/hortonchapelepsom which includes a link to the vitural tour https://www.facebook.com/events/426591954924773/

Using a smart phone, computer or tablet, viewers will be able to scroll ‘up’ to see the newly decorated triple barrel-vaulted ceiling and new roof light, or ‘down’ at the patterns in the original encaustic tiled floor. No special app is required. The film will be available on YouTube and Facebook.

Some of the original features, including organ pipes and important war memorials, are currently in storage, but the tour guide will direct viewers to where they will be incorporated into the new design.

The tour will reveal some of the twentieth century stories about the building, the hospital site during war time, and historic approaches to the care and treatment of people who were identified as having a mental health condition.

The Horton is due to open in spring 2021.

For further information visit the website: https://hortonchapelproject.org/

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