St Michael and All Angels Church, Middlewich
Altar Table & Chairs Click to enlarge

The altar table is Elizabethan, oak, and has good turned legs.(1)  The table has been altered in the past, note the carved design at the top, the patterns are out of sequence. The bottom cross members are worn with feet resting on them. It is believed to be from Kinderton Hall, although some believe that it came from one of the local inns. The top has recently been extended with modern wood.

X2.JPGThe carved scene of the last supper on the front of the table was carved and fitted at the same time the reredos was fitted, around 1895. There is a similarity in style to indicate that it was carved by John Jarvis Millson, who carved the reredos.

Y1.jpgThe chair with arms is known as a Wainscot,(2) it has baluster turned front legs and square back legs. It is a fine Jacobean chair with carved panels and stretchers. The thistle is prominent in the carving, with vines and grapes in support. The red fabric cushion is a later addition to the chair. There are two further Jacobean chairs with the additional fabric on their seats that are a matching pair of chairs. The fourth chair in the chancel area has carvings of leaves and a dog in its central panel.


1. Old Cheshire Churches – Raymond Richards

2. Wainscot – Wikipedia.

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