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St. Mary's Church - Decorations

Wellingborough News, 5th January 1878, transcribed by Kay Collins

CHURCH DECORATION— On entering this edifice one is struck with the lively and natural aspect of the decorations. Instead of the wreaths, and, in some cases, festoons we see in church decoration, we here have a very natural effect, the ivy, instead of being tied on string or lath, is trained in tendrils and climbing up the pillars of the church, and the windows are filled in with ivy, bays, laurels, &c., the growing positions being followed with good effect. In the chancel, under the east window, are the words, "The Prince of Peace," and up the chancel screens the ivy is relieved by bunches of everlasting flowers. The pulpit presents quite an object of admiration, having, in harmony with the rest of the decorations, the climbing ivy, also a profusion of red blooms, yew, ferns, &c intermixed with red and white berries, the whole being artistically blended to represent the natural effect. The climbing ivy on the reading desk is relieved by coloured flowers, and over the entrance to the chancel on a scarlet ground in gilt letters, are the words, "Unto us is born this day a Saviour which is Christ the Lord." The font is also very nicely decorated in harmony with the other parts of the church. The decorations were executed by Mrs. Barker and daughters, Mrs. Currie, Miss Sartoris, and Miss Stephenson, assisted by scholars of the Church Schools.
Wellingborough News, 28th September 1878, transcribed by Kay Collins

RUSHDEN - HARVEST THANKSGIVINGOn Sunday last, a harvest thanksgiving service was held in the Parish Church which had been very beautifully and chastely decorated by Mrs. Barker, Mrs. Sartoris, Mrs. Currie, Miss Stevenson, and Mr. Smith. An excellent sermon was preached by the Rector, and a collection was made realising £8 6s. 0d., which will be added to the Restoration Fund.
Wellingborough News, 28th December 1878, transcribed by Kay Collins

The Christmas decorations are this year even more elegant and artistic than usual. A thick wreath of ivy encircles the pillars of the nave, terminating in a chaplet of evergreen round the capitals. Along the top of the chancel and transept screens are texts appropriate to the season, in white letters on a rich scarlet ground. The uprights of the chancel screens are decorated with yew and ivy, brightened by red winter cherries and the old-fashioned delicate silver honesty. The central chancel screen seemed to us especially elegant, having red and white berries glistening amid what appeared frosted yew, and springing from large fans of pampas grass spread upon a sheet of laurel leaves. The pulpit lines are marked by thick wreaths of frosted foliage, intermixed with everlasting flowers, bright chestnuts, &c. The lectern had similar wreaths. In the windows were richly coloured solanums and euonymus. The font was tastefully decorated with evergreens, scarlet pyrocanthus, and holly berries. A beautiful white cross, in the centre of a bank of dark green and silver leaves, formed the Christmas reredos.
Wellingborough & Kettering News, January 3rd, 1880, transcribed by Kay Collins

Church Decorations—The Church presents a model of artistic taste in the art of decoration, and reflects the highest credit upon the decorators — Miss Stephens, Messrs. Clayton, Swan, and others.

Christmas Festivities were commenced in this village by the two brass bands serenading; the inhabitants at midnight on Christmas Eve. The members of the temperance band also sang carols and Christmas pieces. The bells were rung merrily at midnight on Christmas Eve, and again on Christmas morning their peals resounded gaily through the village. The ringers on Christmas Day succeeded in ringing a peal of 720 grandsire, with twelve bobs and six singles.

Wellingborough & Kettering News, December 31st, 1881, transcribed by Kay Collins

CHURCH DECORATIONSThis Church presents a very seasonable appearance and although the decorations are somewhat heavier than is usual at Rushden the whole looks very nice. The pulpit and lectern are decorated with ivy and laurel intermixed with ivy blooms whitened with everlasting flowers, the whole being very nicely blended and the effect is very good. The chancel screens have creepers of evergreens, reed blooms, and everlastings. The transept screens had ivy creepers, relieved with white immortelles and everlasting flowers. The pillars of the arches were treated with wreaths and evergreens, over the entrance to the chancel was on scarlet ground in gilt letters "For unto us a child is born, unto us a Son is given." Over the north transept on a similar ground was "Glory to God in the Highest, on earth peace goodwill towards men." The south transept "Thou shall call His name Jesus for He shall save His people from their sins." The windows had firs as if growing, and the gas standards were all very tastily attended to. Under the fine eastern window was a scarlet cloth with a large white cross in the centre, and at the base of the window a bed of evergreens from which grew six masses of everlastings, relieved with reed blooms. The font had wreaths of ivy round the base and tops intermixed with red berries and creepers round the body of the font. The following ladies’ and gentlemen took part in the decorations, Misses Barker, Mrs. Currie, Miss Steele, and Messrs. Swan, Clayton, and Pettit.

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