Chancel fittings by Ernest Gimson (1863-1919), c. 1906-07, in oak, at St Andrew's, Roker, Sunderland. Prior himself designed the pews in the nave, but the panelling, clergy seats and choir stalls, as well as the altar rails, pulpit and lectern, were all designed by Gimson with "revealed joints that, along with the chamfered details, emphasise the rhythmic structure of the whole" (Carruthers et al. 234). Note that Gimson had also designed an embroidery reredos to be the high point of this otherwise restful scheme, but it was never worked, and the Burne-Jones tapestry was placed there instead (see Carruthers et al. 307).

Photograph by Alec Hamilton, with commentary and formatting by Jacqueline Banerjee. [Click on the images to enlarge them. Following the link to the church will bring you to more photographs of the choir stalls, pulpit, tapestry etc. in situ]. You may use these image without prior permission for any scholarly or educational purpose as long as you (1) credit the photographer and (2) link your document to this URL, or cite it in a print one.


Carruthers, Annette, Mary Greensted and Barley Roscoe. Ernest Gimson: Arts & Crafts Designer and Architect. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2019.

Created 27 March 2021