By the 1930s it was all change at Wroxall once more.
In 1937 the house and gardens were taken over by Wroxall Abbey School for Girls, who had a handy chapel across the car park, and extensive gardens in which to roam.
The girls stayed for almost 40 years, before the school went bust in 1995, and, as a last throw of the dice, the building was converted into a country house hotel.
As it happens, country hotels have even more need of a chapel than do schools, such is the demand for all-inclusive wedding packages.
Which is lucky, for the Anglican Church itself decided that St Leonard’s was surplus to its requirements and decommissioned it.
Who then was to maintain St Leonard’s as a Christian place of worship, and keep it up and running for use by all the wedding parties?
The answer was a relatively new (founded in 1972) and non-denominational church called Renewal, whose headquarters are in Lode Lane, Solihull. I’ve read through the church magazine, which suggests that they are evangelical, born again, Trinitarian with an emphasis on bible-based study and youth.
However non-conformist Renewal’s beliefs and practices, they undoubtedly do vestments and (somewhat surprisingly) they do bishops too.
Indeed, Wroxall has its own archbishop, as well as bishop, and the church itself has been born again as a cathedral.
After all, if Robert Burgoyne could turn his ruined priory into an abbey, it’s no giant leap to convert Wroxall church into a cathedral.
And calling it “Wren’s Cathedral” must surely mean they get plenty of hits on their website from Googlers searching for St Paul’s. Rather a clever trick, in fact.
Which brings us finally to the one sure-fire truth about what constitutes a cathedral.
Every cathedral, at the end of the day, has to have its own bishop. And that goes for Wroxall as much as it does for St Paul’s.