Frequently Asked Questions


The Chapel is not a Parish Church and therefore it is not registered for marriages.

Occasional marriages have been given permission but the decision on who may or may not get married there rests with the Archbishop of Canterbury, as marriage at the Chapel may only take place by Archbishop's Special Licence.

You must satisfy one of these requirements set out below in order for you to apply for an Archbishop's Licence for Marriage at the Chapel:

  1. You are a member of the worshiping community at St Thomas’ church in the parish of Bradwell-on-Sea and have a close connection with the Chapel.
  2. You are a long-standing worshiping member at the Othona community in  Bradwell-on-Sea have a close connection with the Chapel.


In addition:

Do bear in mind of course that the Chapel has no facilities - electricity, toilets, heating, and cannot cope with really large numbers of people.

Is the Chapel ever locked?

The door to the Chapel is never locked. It is, however, a very old door with a stiff latch and to open it you need to grasp the ring handle firmly, pull it towards you and at the same time turn the ring handle sharply clockwise.

Are there any facilities at the Chapel?

There are no toilet facilities at or near the Chapel so maybe you should stop at one of the pubs in the village first, take some refreshment and make sure you and your party are comfortable and ready for your visit. Toilets, meeting and refreshment facilities are available at the Othona Community by prior arrangement, Tel 01621 776564.

Is there access for the disabled?

If you or a member of your party is disabled or you need special help, contact the Chaplain of St Peter's in good time (seven-days advance notice if possible), and appropriate arrangements for your visit can be made. Click here to send an email. Access to the path from the car park is by a fairly large kissing gate that will allow the passage of large electric buggy/electric wheelchairs. The path to the Chapel is a natural track across open farmland, uneven and stony (and muddy in winter). It will take around 15-20 minutes at walking pace from the car park to the Chapel.