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Walsingham Mill
The Old Mill
Cokers Hill
Little Walsingham
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04/09/20 - An Important Update Regarding Coronavirus (Covid-19) 4th September 2020

Holt Antique Furniture Ltd and its related Companies would like to update you on what's happening at our antiques store “Holt Antiques at Walsingham Mill” with the continued threat of Coronavirus (Covid-19).

Dear Customers...

As you are probably aware, the Coronavirus outbreak has caused unprecedented turmoil to the retail shop / High Street sector since 23rd March 2020 with all non-essential shops being forced to close. The UK Government took the decision to allow this sector which, includes Antiques Stores, to re-open from 15th June 2020, but only if we are able to meet specified criteria set out in the "COVID 19 HEALTH & SAFETY GUIDELINES". 
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With the above in mind, we have had to make the difficult decision to keep our store at Walsingham closed for the time being to the general public. This situation will again be reviewed at the end of September 2020.

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Robin Dunkley

Managing Director, Holt Antique Furniture Ltd

Ex Great St. Mary's Church, Cambridge - A Fine 16th Century Style, Mid-19th Century Made, English Antique Carved Oak Church Pew End with Poppy Finial and Dragon-Carved Elbow

  • Reference : 5070
  • Availability : Available Now
  • Dimensions : Height 59 1/2" x Width 19" max x Depth 2 3/4"
  • Price : £2250


A fine and rare find!

A 16th Century style, 19th Century made, English antique oak church pew end originating from Great St. Mary's Church, Cambridge situated opposite Cambridge University.

Understood to date to circa 1863 where it was originally used to replace Georgian box pews in the nave, it was removed from the church during the 1950's when two rows of pews were removed from the front and back of the nave.*

With typical East Anglian "poppy finial" and a wonderfully carved dragon to the elbow!

This displays very well.

*Our thanks go to Mr R Summers, Church Operations Manager at Great St Mary's Church for providing the information regarding the origin of this pew end.

Background and History of Great St. Mary's Church:

The largest church in Cambridge serves a dual purpose as the city's church and that of Cambridge University. During the medieval period, it served as a meeting hall for the University and the annual conferment of degrees ceremony was held here until the Senate House was erected across the road in 1730.
Somewhat interchangeably called Great St Mary's or St Mary the Great - to distinguish it from St Mary the Less near Peterhouse - this large and imposing building has stood in the centre of Cambridge for over 800 years. Great St Mary's, or GSM as it is often known, was the first home of Cambridge University. It hosted lectures and held ceremonies for conferring degrees after scholars from Oxford began to congregate here in 1209. The church was barely finished by then; the first record comes from 1205 when King John presented the rector. 

The 13th-century church was destroyed by fire in 1290 and had to be completely rebuilt. The church was initially owned by the crown, but in 1342 it was granted to King's Hall, and later to Trinity College, who still own it. 

Throughout the medieval period and beyond, Great St Mary's served as an official meeting place for debates and meetings. This role was taken over in 1730 by the new Senate House, built across the street. 

The church as we see it today was largely built between 1478-1519 and was financed primarily by Richard III and Henry VII. The tower, which is the church's most impressive feature, was not finished until 1608. Before the tower was built, bells were hung on a wooden contraption in the churchyard. 

In 1724 the Society of Cambridge Youths was created to be responsible for organising bell-ringing. Still in operation, the Society is the oldest bell-ringing society in Britain and the second oldest in the world. The earliest known pattern of ringing is the 'Cambridge Quarters', first heard in 1516 and later used as the 'Westminster Chimes' of Big Ben. 
Condition - as per images. Loss of rear wing of the dragon. Dry surface verso. This pew end displays very well.

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