Furniture - Saint Albans

Anglican Church of Saint Alban The Martyr
443 Dominion Road
Auckland
An Anglican Church in the Catholic Tradition
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History

The homely feeling and sense of spiritual presence you feel in this church might be due to our memorials in furniture. Charmingly done up, the oldest is the fine carved lectern installed by the parishioners in memory of The Rev'd Charles Cockerton who ministered during 1888. The stained glass windows above the altar are from the beginning of the First World War. At the end of the war the altar, the credence table and bishop's chair in the sanctuary, the processional cross, the litany desk and the clergy stalls in the chancel also became memorials.

After the depression and World War II the sanctuary fabric was changed, as were the old wooden benches replaced with the existing pews. Parishioners donated pews, and the plaques on them tell you which ones are memorials. Recorded bells were installed following the retirement of the The Rev'd A Greenwood after a ministry at St Albans' of 30 years. The entrance doors to the nave were erected in memory of Mr Atkinson, a warden and vestryman in the parish for many years. Even the brass vases, altar candlesticks and the silver and brass baptismal ewers bear memorial inscriptions. When St George's in Kingsland closed in the 1960's, St Albans was given some of its furniture. From St Thomas' church, Freemans Bay we got the riddel posts topped by cherubs and the brass sanctuary lamp.

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