A RESTORATION programme is underway to save a 300-year-old chapel at Blenheim Palace.

At the centre of the chapel is the memorial to the first Duke of Marlborough.

As the chapel was not finished at the time of his death, he was buried in Westminster Abbey and reinterred beneath the chapel after his wife’s death.

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Blenheim’s historic buildings conservation manager Richard Bowden said: “The internal conditions of the chapel are causing significant issues to the fabric of the building including plaster and paint damage.

“The environment, as it is at the moment, is not suitable for the preservation of the monument.

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“Over the past year and a half, a programme of survey and investigations has been undertaken to identify the contributing factors, the extent of damage, and the repair needs of the chapel fabric and interior.”

On the south wall of the chapel is a statue of Sir Winston Churchill’s father.