St Edmunds Chapel

 ‘Such a hidden gem! It’s fantastic that such a small chapel is able to generate such a wonderful atmosphere.

Located in the heart of Dover town centre and a stone’s throw from the historic Town Hall St Edmund’s Chapel is reputed to be the smallest church in England. Built in 1252 the building has survived the dissolution of the monasteries, 400 years of secular use, 2 world wars and a plan to demolish it to widen the road.

Destination Dover has been instrumental in acquiring funding to stabilise the building, and provide power and some heating so that this historic evocative 28 feet in length and 14 feet wide venue can be made available for cultural events and raise some donations for The St Edmunds of Abingdon Memorial Trust who take care of this wonderful building.

Dover Arts Development is delighted to have been asked to programme a series of Cultural events.


Sunday MARCH 22nd Sonic-Optic POSTPONED
Sunday APRIL 26th Small Words POSTPONED
Sunday MAY 24th Five POSTPONED


Saturday OCTOBER 26th 6.30 – 8pm  concert with Peter Sheppard Skaerved  more information here

We were delighted to start with Grammy-nominated violin soloist Peter Sheppard Skærved. Peter is internationally acclaimed for fearless playing and adventurous programming. He is renowned for site-specific projects, and particularly for his sensitivity to the music of ancient architecture. Peter has been dreaming of a project in the exquisite chapel of St Edmund since he first visited and played there in 2012 when he was invited to Dover by Dover Arts Development (DAD) to be part of their WAR & PEACE project. 

Saturday NOVEMBER 16th 7pm – 8.30 pm Dover Talespinners more information here

Deborah Gasking and the Dover Talespinners  offered an evening of humour, delight and philosophical musings. The Talespinners offered several stories from the great Mulla Nasruddin – the wise fool.  Nasruddin was a Sufi Visionary and Mystic Jester who lived in 13th Century Middle East.

JANUARY – MAY 2020   Nicola Dunsbee FIVE WORDS more information here

When I was researching the history of the chapel and its namesake, St Edmund, I found that he said: ‘five words well said are better than five thousand said without devotion’.  So, I thought that it would be good to base my events around this theme of ‘five words’.  As a result, I created ‘The FIVE WORDS Project’. Nicola Dunsbee

The FIVE WORDS Project consists of five cultural events, including a DJ-led sound and light show based on experiences in Dover, and an evening where artists are given five minutes each to do anything they choose in front of an audience.  FIVE WORDS promises to be a boundary-pushing programme in a 13th century chapel.  The chapel, tucked behind the busy Dover high street, has a rich history beginning in 1253, and we aim to add to the historical trajectory of the chapel by opening it up to artists and cultural organisations, with the support of  Destination Dover and The St Edmunds of Abingdon Memorial Trust.

Sunday JANUARY 26th 4.30 – 7 pm  to read about MULTIVIEW click Multiview
Sunday FEBRUARY 23rd to read about ART TALK click  Art Talk 
Sunday MARCH 22nd Sonic-Optic POSTPONED
Sunday APRIL 26th Small Words POSTPONED
Sunday MAY 24th Five POSTPONED

Sunday MARCH 8th 2020  International Womens day
SHE CREATED workshop  2-4.30pm 

Empowering Women Through Drawing and Writing
A Creative Workshop for Women and Girls of All Ages with artist Joanna Jones and writer Fiona Beddow
Make your Mark … Find Your Voice …
No Drawing/Writing Ability Required – Come As You Are!

To read about the event click here

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She created

On Sunday MARCH 8th 2020 from 2-4.30pm at St Edmund’s Chapel, Priory Road, Dover CT16 1BB SHE CREATED Empowering Women Through Drawing and Writing A Creative Workshop for Women and Girls of All [...]

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Art Talk

  Nicola Dunsbee’s Art Talk was held on Sunday 23rd February 5 pm – 7 pm at St Edmund’s Chapel.  Art Talk The evening was split into two parts.  To begin the evening,  artists [...]

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Multiview: An Exhibition of Dover took place on Sunday 26th January, 4:00pm – 7:00pm St Edmund’s Chapel, Priory Road, Dover, CT16 1BB The first event of The Five Words project curated by Nicola [...]

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Dover Talespinners at St Edmunds

Dover Talespinners Saturday November 16th 7pm – 8.30 pm The Dover Talespinners offered a wonderful evening of humour, delight and philosophical musings at St. Edmund’s Chapel . Audience feedback: An excellent [...]