St James's Church, Hampton Hill

Sanctuary or bishop's chairs and litany desks


The sanctuary or bishop's chairs are special chairs two of which stand near the entrance to the chancel and two stand in the sanctuary. They are made of wood and there are "IHS" carvings on the backs of three of the bishop’s chairs with another chair having "Do It With All" carved on it. "IHS" or "IHC" are the first three letters of the Greek for Jesus (IHCOYC) (see below). At some time during Revd Job's incumbency in 1895 one of these oak chairs was presented by the Communicants' Association. Two of the chairs are exactly the same, with the carving "IHS" as shown on the far right below. The litany desks are prayer desks for the clergy. They are also made of carved wood.

Bishop's chair

Bishop's chair

IHS Carvings

IHS carving

Bishop's chair

Bishop's chair
given by
the Communicants'
Association
in 1899

Carving

Carving

Plaque

Bishop's chair

Bishop's chair

IHS Carvings

IHS carving

A bishop's chair and litany desk

Bishop's chair and litany desk

Litany desk

Litany desk

A bishop's chair and litany desk

Bishop's chair and litany desk


Litany desk

Litany desk

Litany desk


Litany desk

Litany desk

Litany desk


St James's Church
The Parish Church of St James, Hampton Hill, TW12 1DQ
Main site: stjames-hamptonhill.org.uk