Northwood Church interior late 1800s-early 1900s

Posted by Admin on Wednesday, 16th November 2011, 13:45

Northwood Church interior - circa 1890s-early 1900s

The inscription over the chancel arch has unfortunately been obscured by the decorative greenery. Has anyone any idea what it might have been? Like the inscription over the church door (“‘Enter into His gates with Thanksgiving and into His courts with Praise”) it is in Gothic script. These inscriptions may be Victorian or possibly post-Reformation when texts displaced images in churches. The final letters visible on the right appear to read “Faith Heb” which suggest a quotation from Saint Paul’s Epistle to the Hebrews ending in the word “Faith”. On the left the first word could be “Having”. Has anyone any idea what verse or verses could have been used?

The corbels above the chancel arch appear to be supporting the base of something, perhaps a board displaying some inscription or emblem (Apostles Creed?).

Other features of note: the ‘Holy Holy Holy’ inscription above the window behind the altar, original fine brass chandeliers, choir stalls (now reduced on both sides), decorative screen behind the choir stalls, oil lamps (gas wasn’t installed till the 1930s) and banner with Gothic style script.

(Dating note: The picture does not show the oak reredos (screen behind the altar) which was erected in memory of Stanley Redfern Russell who died in 1905).

Photo courtesy of Peter Lambert, photocopy and description supplied by Jacquie Pearce.

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