George Fellowes Prynne

 

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TAPLOW Buckinghamshire
St. Nicolas

This project was virtually a complete rebuild of an existing structure. Externally, the building has the completed tower with copper spire (resembling Staines and Kea). Internally, there are many features typical of the architect, including an apsidal Lady chapel, stone pillars, stone-faced arches and, most notably, a stone rood screen. An unusual feature is the shape and decoration of the pillars. Although essentially octagonal in cross section, which is not unusual, each face is indented by a pair of shallow grooves, which meet in the middle along a slight ridge, and leave the corners emphasised. The corners are rounded. The effect is further enhanced by decorative motifs just below the more orthodox octagonal capitals. This kind of ornamentation has not been found anywhere else, and it is possible that it relates to the former building in some way. At the entrance to the chancel there is not the usual wall, but a wrought iron screen which, like the stone screen, rests on the floor.  The unused postcard of the interior clearly shows the stone screen and unusual pillars. 

The Lady chapel is reached via an arch in the sanctuary, which itself was re-roofed and given a new platform for the altar. The chapel has a turquoise mosaic floor, and a marble altar similar to that at Benenden and Hadlow Down.

Sources show that the firm of Blomfield (Arthur W.) & Sons were also involved here, having drawn up the initial plans, with four members of the family involved along with Fellowes Prynne as professional consultants. Fellowes Prynne drew final plans. [Who has been shown as doing what here will warrant further research.]

The lych gate was designed in 1925.