The Reverend Canon Professor Peter Galloway OBE Retires As Chaplain Of The Queen’s Chapel of the Savoy

The current Chaplain of The Queen’s Chapel of the Savoy, The Reverend Canon Professor Peter Galloway OBE, will retire from his post on 31st July 2019. Peter has served as the Chapel’s full-time Chaplain since he was appointed by Her Majesty The Queen in Right of Her Duchy of Lancaster in February 2008. Preparations are now underway to identify suitable successors to the post.

The Chapel is the last surviving building of a hospital founded by Henry VII for homeless people, the construction of which was completed just after his death in 1512. It stands on the area of London known as the Savoy and belongs to Her Majesty The Queen as part of the ancient inheritance known as the Duchy of Lancaster.

Although it is a ‘free’ chapel or ‘peculiar’, it became a Chapel Royal by Royal Command in 2016. This new arrangement mirrors the relationship between the Historic Royal Palaces and the Chapels at the Tower of London and Hampton Court Palace, bringing all Her Majesty’s Chapels in London under the ecclesiastical jurisdiction of the Dean.

The Chapel remains an important part of the Savoy Estate, the Duchy of Lancaster’s principal London land holding. It also serves as the chapel of the Royal Victorian Order (RVO), an Order of Chivalry within the Sovereign’s personal gift. By the Statutes of the RVO the Chaplain of the Savoy is ex officio the Chaplain of the Order.

Commenting on Peter’s retirement Duchy CEO Nathan Thompson said: “On behalf of the Duchy Council and staff, the regular congregation and all visitors to the Chapel over the last 11 years I would like to thank Peter for his dedicated service. The restored Chapel is a daily reminder of the history of this area of London, the value of service and the permanence of faith. We very much hope to find someone to take over from Peter who will be as passionate about maintaining and improving the Chapel for future generations.”

For further information about The Queen’s Chapel of the Savoy and details of forthcoming services please visit the website


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Two New Recruits For Rural Team

Following the announcement last October that the Duchy was bringing the management of all its rural estates in-house, two new recruits have joined the team.

Dan Hawkes is an experienced architectural technologist and project manager who joined Savills as a graduate in 2012. For the past 7 years he has worked on a wide range of projects for national clients, including several for the Duchy of Lancaster. A member of the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists since 2014, Dan became the firm’s youngest ever Associate Director when promoted to the post in 2018.

In his new role, Dan will oversee all planned maintenance, repair and construction work across the Cheshire, Staffordshire and Southern Surveys. Working closely with Rural Surveyor Rosie James who joined the Duchy just last month, he will help us to continue to improve the quality and condition of the Duchy’s farms and historic properties across the southern estates.

Rosie James graduated from Newcastle University with a degree in history before going on to take a Master’s degree in Rural Land and Business Management at Reading. Between her undergraduate and post-graduate courses Rosie travelled extensively across South America and after graduation her first job was with Bidwells in Cambridge. She qualified as a Rural Surveyor while at Bidwells at the end of last year.

Commenting on these new additions to his team, Duchy Head of Rural Christopher Sparrow said: “When we decided to bring the estate management of our Surveys in house we knew that we wanted a young, dynamic and creative team to help us drive the business forward. We have been very fortunate in being able to recruit these individuals over the last six months and we are excited to be adding new skills and experience to what is now a truly impressive pool of in-house talent.”

The Duchy of Lancaster is an ancient inheritance of land and property assets held in trust for the Sovereign. Founded in the 13th century, it includes approximately 18,484 hectares of rural land across England and Wales.

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Tree-Planting In Whitewell

Pupils from Class 1 of Thorneyholme Primary School in Dunsop Bridge braved the elements this week to help the Duchy plant a new generation of trees in Whitewell.

The Duchy’s woodland team planted a new avenue of 50 trees on the Longridge approach to the Whitewell Estate with the aspiration of planting 100 acres of new trees each year for the next five years, using only indigenous species of oak, lime, sycamore and beech. This follows on from the recent acquisition of 22 acres of woodland in Whitewell earlier this year, bringing the total woodland on the Lancashire Survey to over 660 acres.

Local residents have welcomed the initiative as Charles Bowman proprietor of the historic Inn At Whitewell explains: “I was so thrilled to see the canes going out to mark the new avenue, I stopped the car and walked the line to imagine how it would look. Now that the trees are actually in it is even better than I had anticipated. We are all going to enjoy watching these mixed hardwoods grow and improve what is already a fabulous setting.”

During the planting, the schoolchildren were able to learn about the care of saplings and the importance of responsible arboriculture before planting a beech tree of their own as part of the new avenue. Teacher Mrs Jackie Entwistle said that the children thoroughly enjoyed the experience and are now looking forward to watching ‘their’ tree grow and mature.

Commenting on the day, Duchy Head of Rural Christopher Sparrow said: “We are grateful to our woodland consultant Matt Brocklehurst and his team for giving the children an insight into the importance of trees across our estates. Everyone was excited to be part of something of lasting value which will be there for future generations to enjoy.

“We are extremely grateful to the school, Mrs Entwistle and all the children who took part and hope that they will continue to enjoy watching ‘their’ beech tree grow as they do.”

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New Strategic Partnership With LHL

The Duchy of Lancaster has appointed a new firm of building surveyors to deliver its planned maintenance programmes and stand-alone refurbishment projects across Yorkshire from 1st March 2019.

LHL Group is a highly regarded multi-disciplinary consultancy working nationally to deliver an extensive range of services to industrial, commercial, agricultural and residential owners and occupiers in both public and private sectors. Their stated aim is ‘to assist and partner Client organisations to manage their property assets in an effective manner, particularly in the areas of maintenance, refurbishment and renewal of their stock.’

The firm has gone from strength to strength since its foundation in 2005, working for a number of high profile clients which has included Castle Howard, the Crown Estate, York Racecourse, the City of York Council, the Church of England and the Forestry Commission.

Commenting on the appointment, Duchy Head of Project Management Graeme Chalk said: “We are delighted to partner with a firm which can offers us a broad spectrum of building and surveying services together with a good knowledge of the local area. Other key selection criteria for us included a proven track record in construction, technical excellence in all areas and a genuine commitment to achieving the highest quality standards.

“We believe that LHL Group offers exactly that and we are looking forward to working with them to improve the services we offer to tenants across the Yorkshire Survey.”

The Duchy of Lancaster’s Yorkshire Survey extends for some 6,608 hectares from Goathland in the North to Pontefract in the South and includes over 40 residential properties, 10 principal farms and 16 commercial lettings.


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Duchy Expands Rural Team

  The Duchy of Lancaster continues to build its rural estate management capacity with a new Rural Surveyor joining the team.

Rosie James (25) originally graduated from Reading University with a degree in history. She then travelled to South America where she walked the Inca trail and explored Peru before returning to the UK to study for a Masters in Rural Land and Business Management.

Accepted onto the Bidwells Graduate Scheme in 2016, Rosie’s experience in estate management includes overseeing residential, commercial and agricultural tenancies for clients including Trinity College, Central Bedfordshire Council and The Trimley Estate. She qualified as a Rural Chartered Surveyor in November 2018.

In her new role at the Duchy, Rosie will be focused on the day-to-day management of our Needwood estate in Staffordshire and the Crewe estate in Cheshire whilst also providing support to the Southern team. Working closely with Head of Rural Christopher Sparrow, Regional Surveyor of Lands Jon Sellick and Rural Surveyor Laura Airton, Rosie will help to ensure closer communication with our tenants and the delivery of a consistently high standard of care and presentation across our estates. She will also assist in the roll-out of a number of Duchy-wide environmental initiatives throughout the year.

Commenting on the appointment, Christopher Sparrow said: “Now that we have the management of all Duchy Surveys back in hand we are keen to build a team of the brightest and the best rural surveyors and estate management professionals. We already have a strong presence in Staffordshire and Southern and Rosie’s appointment will help us to build on this foundation for the future.”

Rosie James starts in her new role on 4th March 2019.

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