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Examples Showing the Arrangement of the Altar to Suit Varying Architectural Conditions.

London: The Warham Guild, [1933].


IT is obvious that the sanctuary of a church should be arranged in accordance with the existing architectural design of the building, keeping in view the necessity of making the altar the main feature of the church.

The following illustrations show methods of treating the east end under these different conditions. It is not, however, possible in a small leaflet to show all the different types, and the Warham Guild will be pleased to advise on any point in connection with the rearrangement of the sanctuary, and will supply an estimate and a coloured sketch showing the vested altar arranged in accordance with the special outstanding features of the building.

The Guild will be pleased to arrange a visit from one of their experts on church decoration, if desired.

An High Altar with carved and decorated reredos, riddel posts and angels; the window forming an upper reredos.

An High Altar with decorated riddel posts and angels, but with dorsal of materials.

An arrangement for the High Altar when the east window is high, illustrating the use of an upper hanging above the dorsal.

An altar with riddel posts, but without angels, arranged in proportion with the window above.

A simple reredos with decorated frame and panels and carved figures, with riddel rods of wrought iron.

An arrangement by which the dorsal and riddel rods are fixed to the altar when it is impossible to fix them to the wall behind.

A simple arrangement for a minor altar against the blank east wall of an aisle.

Showing the arrangement of the altar when the sill of the window is low.

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