Thursday, July 07, 2011

Sir Ninian Comper and St Wilfrid's, Cantley, South Yorkshire

From Dr. Allan Barton's Flickr site, I came across the following photographs of St Wilfrid's, Cantley, which church Sir Ninian Comper furnished and restored in the late 19th and early 20th century.

The quotations accompanying some of the photos below come from Sir Ninian Comper by Fr. Anthony Symondson, S.J.

"In 1894 he was able at St. Wilfrid's to erect a pure Gothic altar for the first time in a parish church. The altar was of stone and stood free from the east wall. Modelled on the evidence of medieval illuminations, it had four riddel posts, hung with curtains suspended by silk cords looped in split rings running on black iron rods. The posts supported gilded figures of kneeling angels holding tapers, taken from precedents discovered by Bodley in Nuremberg. There were no gradines, or shelves, for a crucifix and six candlesticks, only a low reredos, carved coloured and gilded. Two candlesticks lay on the mensa and the altar was covered by an embroidered, panelled frontal and narrow frontlet. There was an overhanging canopy, or tester." (p.35)

"Above the altar is a pyx designed to reserve the Blessed Sacrament, suspended 'with its gold and snow-white linen glittering in front of the expanse of silver glass ... bearing its jewelled imagery of saints that ever surround the Presence'. The adoption of this method of reservation was then unknown in England. Experimentally it had been proposed by Pugin at St. Mary's, Uttoxeter, Staffordshire, in 1839-40..." (p. 35)

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