Grammy-winning artist Ed Sheeran has reportedly submitted plans to put up a private chapel in his Suffolk country estate just a few weeks after announcing his engagement to longtime girlfriend Cherry Seaborn.
The 27-year-old singer's proposal upheld religious freedom in its filing with the Suffolk Coastal District Council. Sheeran reportedly wants a place to contemplate and pray, as well as a venue to observe and celebrate key milestones with his family and close friends.
The proposal, which has been lodged under Seaborn's father's name, architect Matthew Seaborn, outlined that the property owner has guests and colleagues with high profiles, thus the need for discretion that would not be possible in any local church. The document also indicated that the private chapel would be non-denominational since the property owner has plenty of visitors who come from different faiths. He would, however, like to offer them a peaceful and safe place for spiritual reflection.
The chapel will be a Saxon-style building with a porch, a gallery, a tower with winding steps and stained glass windows. The plan is to build the structure as if it has been on the property for centuries.
The establishment is expected to fit at least 24 people with its eight pews. Sheeran apparently also consulted with other architects who were involved with work at London's Somerset House and Windsor Castle.
The council is expected to decide on the permit in April. Speculations suggest that the chapel will be ready in time for Sheeran's wedding to Seaborn in the summer. The couple met when they were still in school and got together as a couple in 2015.
Sheeran bought the entire property in 2015 for $1.2 million (£895,000) so he could still live near his parents in Framlingham. The mansion at this Suffolk country estate boasts of a gym, treehouse, indoor swimming pool, an ornamental pond and a man cave designed based on a Hobbit house. The "Shape of You" singer has an estimated net worth of $37 million.