St James's Church, Hampton Hill

Pews


Pews are the fixed benches on which people sit in the nave. Once there were no seats in churches and the congregation stood or knelt. Later, in some churches including St James, a few seats were attached to the wall for old and sick people, and from this comes the saying, "The weakest go to the wall". Fixed seats for all the people were introduced about the 15th century.

Each pew has a shelf for hymn books, etc. and information cards, including welcome cards and planned giving envelopes, are put here for the congregation.

Each pew also has several hassocks, or kneelers, for people to kneel on during services. The creation of a series of new kneelers was a millennium project for the church which involved a group of women who used their talents and artistic energy to give something lasting to St James's Church. Some show the emblems for the guides and scouts, Mothers Union and New Start. The other designs are taken from the tiles and stained glass windows in the church. There are four kneelers that depict the four seasons. There is also a long kneeler which is used for weddings. To see them all look at the page Kneelers.

Pews
Notices on the pew

Notices on the pew shelf
Notices on the pew

Kneeler
Kneeler
Kneeler
Kneeler
Kneeler
Kneeler

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