Restoration: Chancel Inscriptions

As well as finding the Jubilee Inscription on the Ceiling, we also found inscriptions recording the names of the Vicar and Churchwardens, and of those who actually painted the ceiling and Walls of the Chancel.

To complement this we have put up similar inscriptions recording the historical circumstances of 2012’s restoration commemorating Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee.

Meanwhile, the previous incumbent, John Sampford provided a photograph, taken in 1897 of the workmen who originally painted the chancel, with an inscription on the back of the photo. Then we heard from someone related to one of them, John Boffin, pictured in the group, and in the separate photo. We have been told that after working on our chancel, he went on to paint some of the interiors of the Titanic. Fortunately these paintings have lasted a hundred years longer!