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:
'O COME, LET US WORSHIP AND FALL DOWN
AND KNEEL BEFORE THE LORD OUR MAKER'.
The choir stalls, sanctuary or
bishop's chairs, litany desks and the organ are
in the chancel. See our Organ
or Bishop's Chairs and Litany Desks
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.
IHS carving on the back of a bishop's
bishop's chair and litany desk
carving on the back of a bishop's chair
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.
corbel is a stone bracket projecting from a wall
or corner to support a beam or sometimes simply for
north side of
in the Chancel
in the Chancel
south side of
Features in the Chancel
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.
Floor tiles in the
Chancel Stained Glass Window
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.