“It’s about discovering the world, the curiosity of random things,” Hinchliffe tells the Observer Magazine

◼ The owner of The Chapel Harrogate gives his first appreciative interview about his audacious conversion to today’s Observer Magazine, supported by thoughtful interior photography. The writer appears impressed by his being a “Yorkshireman” and he in turn gives full value in explaining many of the impulses behind his lifetime of collecting. . .

Mark Hinchliffe,Grove Road, Methodist Chapel, Harrogate, Yorkshire, UK, Chapel HG1, accommodation, bed-and-breakfast, boutique venue, corporate hospitality, cocktail parties, salons, discussions, product launches, location filming, photo-shoots,Observer Magazine,

“I love being in tune with history”: Mark Hinchliffe in the gentlemen’s club room of the ChapelHG1. (Photograph: Alex Telfer for the Observer)

Extracted from the Observer Magazine 4 Feb 2018:

How a Yorkshireman converted a Methodist chapel into a place to live – and a dramatic backdrop to his art collection

Yorkshireman Mark Hinchliffe can vividly recall the spark that ignited his love of collecting. It happened in Leeds City Museum when, as a boy, he stood transfixed in front of a stuffed Indian tiger, its paws bigger than his head. The memory still burns bright 40 years later as he shows me round the 19th-century, former Methodist chapel in Harrogate that he has restored and turned into a home – one he shares with his own vast, “bonkers” collection of art and artefacts. Here, a clutch of feather hats, there a fragment of antique French tapestry, hanging in the “gentlemen’s club room” brocaded military jackets from conflicts past. It’s not exactly a museum – Hinchliffe sometimes wears the jackets while cycling round town – but this is clearly more than just interior decoration. For one thing, every object has a story. . .

Read the full Observer Magazine article here

About The Chapel HG1

Owner, property developer, collector. Reach me via email info@thechapelhg1.com Chapel House Harrogate has been renamed The Chapel HG1
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