THE 800th anniversary of Warminster’s St Lawrence Chapel was celebrated with a commemorative ceremony and unveiling of a manorial plaque on Sunday (March 13).

Warminster mayor Sue Fraser and Andrew Murrison MP were on hand to unveil the plaque, as residents and trustees of the chapel watched on in anticipation.

David Pollard, chairman of the chapel’s trustees, welcomed people to the event, which was in honour of the second lord of Warminster, Thomas Mauduit.

Mr Pollard said: “It was a brilliant event and a fantastic occasion to celebrate the chapel’s 800th anniversary.

“We were delighted as the group of trustees to see so much support for the chapel from Warminster’s residents.”

The manorial plaque was made and painted by David Bell and Mike pollard, erected by Mika Newman, designed by Chico Holton and historical assistance was provided by Alwyn hardy, Steve Hobbs and Dr Kate Harris.

Vicar Rev Jacque gave a blessing to the plaque that now sits in the chapel which was founded before 1244 and established by the lords of Warminster manor, who endowed it with 29 acres of land.

Over the past 10 years, the outside stonework of the chapel has been renovated, a kitchen and disabled toilet facility has been built and windows have been cleaned and repaired, with the chapel’s own architect Max Miller carrying out much of the work.