Detail of the restored woodwork.
The canopy over the doors.
Anglican Wanderer Anthony.
Side door with stunning bracket hinges.
Some of the linenfold panelling in the Sanctuary.
Last night I went to St Augustine's Church in Pendlebury for a solemn votive Mass for St Alban, first English recorded Saint, whose feast day is today. It was held under the auspices of the Confraternity of the Blessed Sacrament, an Anglican society devoted to raising awareness of Christ present on our Altars. Two new members were admitted, Father David Schofield and Sheila from St Cuthbert's, Darwen. Father Roger Parker from St Catherine's, Burnley preached. I was impressed by a number of things, firstly the use of the High Altar, facing the way it was made to face, for the first time I came to this beautiful Church, I was surprised by the use of a nave altar placed on the stone flags, completely out of proportion to the building, dominated by the choir and sanctuary. We then had to walk around the Altar for communion to the High Altar rails, which felt very peculiar. The setting last night was both enchanting and numinous and it would be impossible not to feel that, given the beauty of the (utilised) space.