Ludlow Palmers
helping to conserve the fabric and treasures of St Laurence's
Commandments Board

Ten Commandments Boards date from the Elizabethan period when there was a requirement for them to be displayed. This one dates from 1561.

The Commandments follow the post-Reformation order rather than that used in the Decalogue Window, but the precise wording is different from that in the Book of Common Prayer of 1662 in common usage. The use of the word 'desire' in the the tenth Commandment rather than 'covet' is unusual.

The Board contains three images on each side: a Tudor rose, a crowned IHC device, the monogram of Jesus from Greek letters, and an cutting of the legendary 'Glastonbury Thorn' which was supposed to have flowered on Christmas day.

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