The nave pews hold 100 - if everyone squeezes up! The pews you see were
fitted in 1855-6 replacing dark oak pews said to installed in the time
of Elizabeth I. Together with the pulpit the cost was £470. An old
picture shows that they originally went right up to the chancel arch,
and, with those in the south aisle, provided seating for 338 people.
From here the Bible is read at Services, offering a choice of four versions, as the desk rotates. It dates from c.l700. Hanging from it are two hand-wrought chains originally one for the Bible, the other, Foxe's Book of Martyrs. The lectern was removed to the Vicarage in the mid-19th century and, unfortunately, sold with the vicar's effects when he died. The purchaser presented it to Reading Museum, from where it was returned in 1909.
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