Wednesday, March 3, 2010

English chapel

This building, in the grounds of St George's School on Poonamallee High Road, was built between 1883-5 as the house of prayer for the girls who were housed in what was the Female Orphans Asylum. Mr. Muthiah, that venerable chronicler of Chennai that was Madras, calls it "a little church that is straight out of a picture postcard scene of rural English chapel".

That it certainly is, the 'Englishness' highlighted by the use of the Celtic cross; it is probably a nod to the fact that the Asylum had its origins in a charity school of the Church of England. The fish-scale tiles on the roof are also a style that is not very commonly seen in these parts - one other building that has it is also on Poonamallee High Road!

3 comments:

Rambling Round said...

Sure looks English! Lovely old building.

Hilda said...

I have to agree with Mr. Muthiah! It's what drew me here today — I wanted to find out what it was about!

Shantaram said...

@ Rambling: And small enough to be very personal!

@ Hilda: A little less of the sun would have made it a little more English, maybe? :)