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 and screens. 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 Lawrence, Bovingdon, Hertfordshire (PCC and Francesca Weal Architects 2017)
- Bath Abbey, Somerset (The Victorian Society 2017)
- St Mary’s Church, Watford, Hertfordshire (PCC and Mark Eddison, MEB Design Ltd Chartered Architects 2015)
- St Philip & St James, Groby, Leicestershire (PCC 2014)
- St Nicholas, Stevenage, Hertfordshire (PCC 2013)
- St Mary the Virgin, Braughing, Hertfordshire (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)
View a sample report [PDF, 730KB] by Charles Tracy.