George Fellowes Prynne

 

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PORTHLEVEN Cornwall
St. Bartholomew

An apsidal sanctuary was added to the existing building, blending perfectly with the rest of the church, with its Romanesque windows and slate facing. Inside, there are painted seraphim above the altar and reredos which suggest the work of Edward Prynne, though much more naive than his usual style, so attribution is uncomfortable. Can anyone help me here?

The wrought iron chancel screen is an adaptation of George Fellowes Prynneís usual style of chancel wall or screen, in that it curves towards the altar at the entrance to the chancel. The pulpit is a simpler version of the iron and brass pulpits such as at Staines and Budleigh Salterton. Of particular interest are the brass stencils of fishes, starfish and anchors, indicating the proximity of the church to the sea, as well as Christís calling of ordinary fishermen to follow him. There is also a fine set of choir stalls.