Reredos

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The Reredos, which is made of alabaster and stands behind the altar, depicts the nativity of Christ and is very fine indeed.  The Infant is flanked by the Old Testament characters who heralded his coming – on the left the prophet Isaiah, and on the right King David.

There is hearsay that a curate thought the Reredos needed brightening up and without getting his vicar’s permission or a faculty from the diocese painted the figures gold. The authorities descended upon him and he had to remove it, but some people maintain they can see flecks of gold on them today.  It doesn’t seem to have harmed the curate’s career as he was eventually made a bishop!

© Holy Cross Church Haltwhistle 2013