For liturgical and practical reasons, an increasing number of English parishes are hoping to re-order all or part of their churches, particularly the nave. I can assist architects and church wardens, by defining the historical and artistic significance of the affected components, such as pews. In potentially sensitive reordering proposals, English Heritage, and other bodies, require a scholarly report to inform any debate arising from a possibly contentious application.
I am a leading authority in this area of scholarship, having published widely on church furniture in both Britain and the continent of Europe.
Significance assessments have been carried out within the last few years for:
- St Nicholas, Stevenage (PCC 2013)
- St Cadoc's, Llancarfan, Glamorgan (PCC and Jonathan Harwood, Alwyn Jones Architects 2012)
- Holy Trinity Church, Sutton Coldfield (PCC and Peter Brownhill, Brownhill Hayward Brown 2012)
- Great St Mary's, Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire (PCC and Antony Redman CBS, The Whitworth Co-Partnership LLP 2010)
- All Saints' Church, Houghton Conquest, Bedfordshire (PCC and Bruce Deacon Architect Limited 2010)
- St Mary the Virgin, Deane, Lancashire (PCC and Brian Foxley RIBA 2008)
- St Andrew, Kildwick, West Yorkshire (PCC and Nicholas Rank, Buttress Fuller Alsop Williams, Architects 2005)
- All Saints' Church, Mattishall, Norfolk (PCC 2005)
- St Mary the Virgin, Haddenham, Buckinghamshire (PCC 2003)