The focus of the congregation's attention is the triple-decker pulpit (1778), with candleholders and tester. Fixed to the back of the pulpit are two ear trumpets used by a 19th-century vicar's wife who was hard of hearing.
Behind the pulpit and astride the chancel arch is a large 17th-century gallery supported by twisted columns, known as the Cholmley Pew. The Cholmleys were a wealthy 18th-century family who lived in the home by the abbey that is now a museum. Tom remarked yesterday that he thought that gallery there was an act of vandalism to the fine chancel arch and I can't disagree with him, I guess in those days money talked, just as it does nowadays.
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