St Paul

Features and Fittings


In November 1914 a new oak reredos was installed as a memorial to Mr Arthur Ellis, a former sidesman and Sunday School teacher of the church. It had a massive oak frame with oak panels and a depiction of Holman Hunt’s Jesus in Gethsemane. It  was designed and manufactured by Messrs Foster, Cooper and Foster. The service of dedication was conducted by the Rev Canon Field.

Newspaper photograph
taken during the
demolition of the church
Photograph of the
interior, showing
the pulpit and
the lectern

Font - Pulpit

A newspaper photograph taken during the demolition of the church claims that a large carved object standing among the rubble was the font. It does appear to be more likely to be the pulpit. Another image (Henson Ltd) captured during the life of the church shows the same object close to the lectern in the central aisle, which appears to be a large, white elevated, stone pulpit, strongly supporting the latter possibility. To the south of the central lectern, in the same photograph, appears to be a small, octagonal feature that may have been the font.


Located in the central aisle. It had a central column raised on a base.


Wooden pews through the nave installed in 1894. At the time of opening the church was said to have seating for 1365. The 1851 Religious Census records 700 seats and that pew rents totalling £240 were collected.