Sanctuary

Sedilia Niche Sanctuary Stained glass window Stained glass window

 

The sanctuary is at the east end of the church, separated from the chancel by a step and a brass rail supported on carved stone and marble pillars.  Sanctuary was also the right to be safe which was recognised by English law from the 4th to the 17th century. At that time a person was safe from arrest in the sanctuary of a church or temple.

The alms dish or collection plate stands to the left of the sanctuary. It is inscribed 'All things come of thee and of thine own have we given'. In the north sanctuary wall there is a decorated niche

The sanctuary is the most sacred part of the church around its high altar. Find out about the high altar on the page The high altar and its reredos.

 The stonework and tilework can be seen on the page Stonework and tilework in the sanctuary.

Two of the bishop chairs are housed in the sanctuary. The credence table stands to the right of the high altar. It was gifted to the church in 1967 in memory of Amy Lush and Stephen Forrow. It is used to stand the chalices and pattens on during Parish Communion

There is a beautiful stained glass window above the high altar in the sanctuary with the three panels showing the 'Birth of Jesus', the 'Ascension' and the 'Holy Family and Magi'. On the south side of the sanctuary there is a sedilia (two stone canopied seats) and within this space are two stained glass windows, the 'Last Supper' and the 'Stoning of Stephen' with a bronze plaque beneath. The plaque is inscribed 'To the honour and glory of God, and in loving memory of Emma Bligh Christmas 1881' To see all these windows, more detailed pictures and information about them look at the page The sanctuary stained glass windows.

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The inside of the church through the years
 

Sanctuary