St James's Church, Hampton Hill

The niche


In the north sanctuary wall there is a decorated niche (shallow recess, especially one in a wall to display a statue or other ornament). Next to this is an aumbry which is a locked cabinet or safe in the wall to hold the consecrated (made sacred) bread and wine that has not been used during the normal communion. This can then be taken to the ill or housebound who have asked for communion to be given to them at home.

A wax sanctuary lamp stands in the niche next to the aumbry as a sign that this sacrament is stored here. The lamp is always burning to remind us that Christ is always present.

A niche in the Sanctuary

The niche

The Lamp

The lamp

A niche in the Sanctuary

Tiles in the niche

The Aumbry

The aumbry


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