Ludlow Palmers
helping to conserve the fabric and treasures of St Laurence's
The Sanctuary

The Sanctuary is the raised area behind the altar rail.

The reredos dates from the C14 and was moved to this position in the 1440s. The Decorated niches survive fairly intact, but the most of the figures are by Kyrke Penson (1886). The exception are those of St George and the Dragon over the Sacristy door.

The door leads to a small room in the wall called the Sacristy.

There is a 4-seat row of sedilia with arched canopies and a piscina set into the south wall.

On the north side, now occupied by the Townshend tomb, is the Easter Sepulchre where the Host was kept between Good Friday and Easter Sunday. The rather fine late C15 detailing of this was mutilated when the tomb was inserted and maybe at another time too.

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