Altar Frontal at St Edward the Confessor, Leek. This is in use now, and is particularly delicate in design, showing Christ in Majesty in the middle with angels on clouds, swinging censers, either side. Above are representations of the Holy Ghost as doves with fiery halos amid tongues of fire. According to the Staffordshire County Council website, "[s]ome of the embroideries, like the four altar frontals, were executed by members of the Leek Embroidery Society to [Morris & Co.'s] designs" — but this may not apply to the one actually in use when last visited. These precious artefacts are more likely to be on display than in regular use. Photograph by Michael Critchlow, and text by Jacqueline Banerjee. You may use the 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 in a web document or cite the Victorian Web in a print one. [Click on the image to enlarge it.]

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"St Edward's Church, Leek." Staffordshire Past Track (Staffordshire County Council). Web. 26 January 2016.

Created 26 January 2016; last modified 31 October 2023