George Fellowes Prynne

 

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ASHURST Kent
St. Martin of Tours

Alterations 1904-5 (listed thus in Church Bells & Illustrated Church News 11 Aug 1905 pp 749-750):

  • New vestry and organ chamber, N. of Chancel
  • Chancel re-arranged and beautified
  • Altar raised on a semi-circular base of mosaic and carved in white marble
  • Rest of chancel also laid in mosaic
  • Oak stalls, sedilia, rails, priest’s desk and chair
  • Old pulpit re-modelled and new base fitted
  • King post at entrance to chancel made into a cross, with wooden shields fixed to make the upright and arms
  • Heating apparatus re-modelled
  • White altar frontal
  • Other improvements

The curved marble floor and corresponding communion rail would seem to be unique in the architect's work, nothing similar having been seen by the author.

Also of interest is the “little rose window” about which the Rector had to say, at Christmas in 1910:

The little rose window…has now been filled with stained glass… I am pleased that it has met with such general approval, and I think such a beautiful and artistic representation of our Lord blessing little children deserves to be admired. Mr. Fellowes Prynne kindly painted the picture and superintended the burning of the glass without charging any fee, and the glass, which cost £20, was entrusted to Messrs. Percy Bacon & Bros., of London.

Pevsner also quoted Fellowes Prynne as having possibly been responsible for the stone arch at the west end, and observation would appear to confirm this.