The pulpit is the raised, enclosed platform
from which the preacher gives the sermon. The word pulpit comes from
the Latin word pulpitum, meaning
stage or platform. It is the largest piece of church furniture, to
show that the Word of God is the most important part of the weekly
The pulpit is made of portland stone with marble
decorative columns and inset panels with marble coping and is hexagonal
(six-sided). The centre panel shows "IHS".
IHS or IHC are the first three letters of the Greek for Jesus (IHCOYC)
The pulpit was a gift to the church from Revd Bligh in 1880.
The pulpit falls are decorative pieces of material adorning the reading
desk on the pulpit. They hang down in front of the book stand on the
pulpit so the front of the fall is seen by the congregation. There
are different colours according to the time in the liturgical season