Sanctuary Altar in English oak
Romsey Abbey, Hampshire St Anne's Chapel



Simplicity (or rather apparent simplicity) is the key here. One of the treasures of the Abbey is a Saxon Rood (Crucifix) carved on a stone tablet and set into the Norman wall of the apse.

The altar is set immediately below and forward of the Rood. It is devoid of decoration, apart from the grain pattern of the top, radiating out from a burr oak 'boss' at the centre. The semicircular shape of the altar derives from the apse itself; the two sturdy columns supporting the front reflect the colonnades on either side of the window.




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