The Chancel
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The Chancel
The chancel is the eastern part of the church where the choir (when they are singing) and clergy sit.

It is separated from the nave by steps, a rail and the arch which has written on it:


The choir stalls, sanctuary or bishop's chairs, litany desks and the organ are in the chancel. See our Organ page.

Sanctuary or Bishop's Chairs and Litany Desks

The bishop's chairs are for the clergy or servers and made of a type of wood called oak. There are carvings on the chairs including IHS on their backs. IHS or IHC are the first three letters of the Greek for Jesus (IHCOYC). See the pictures below.

The litany desks
are prayer desks for the clergy or servers. They are also made of carved oak wood.

A bishop's chair and litany desk

IHS Carvings

A bishop's chair and litany desk

IHS Carvings

IHS carving on the back of a bishop's chair
A bishop's chair and litany desk
IHS carving on the back of a bishop's chair

The Choir Stalls

Choir Stalls

Stall end Stall end
Stall end
Choir stalls are the fixed seats in the chancel where the choir and clergy can sit.

They are made of wood and the stall ends are beautifully carved, as shown in the pictures.      

Chancel Corbels

A corbel is a stone bracket projecting from a wall or corner to support a beam or sometimes simply for decoration.

Corbel - north side of Chancel
Corbel in the Chancel
Corbel in the Chancel
Corbel - south side of Chancel
Corbel (Virgin Mary)
north side of
the Chancel
Corbels in the Chancel
Corbels in the Chancel
Corbel (St
south side of
the Chancel

Other Features in the Chancel

The Chancel roof timbers

A and O (Alpha and Omega, the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet) have been cleverly included in the design of the chancel roof timbers.

Tilework flooring in the Chancel

Floor tiles in the chancel

The Chancel Stained Glass Window

Stained glass has been used to add beauty and colour to our church. Many of our windows show biblical scenes, and these helped to teach the people about religion in the days when most of them could not read.

The separate pieces of glass each have their own colour and are set into strips of lead. The colours in early stained glass were each thought to have a meaning; for instance, red meant divine love, white - divine wisdom, yellow - faith, and so on.

The Chancel Stained Glass Windows

St James's Church Quizzes

• Print out and fill in our St James's Chancel Quiz

Further Information

More detailed information can be found in the main site on the page Inside the church.

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