In the Chancel
& Side Chapels
are the chancel and portici (side chapels) inside of the Saxon church of St. Laurence's Church at
Bradford-on-Avon in Wiltshire. They were either built in the 7th or
the 10th century.
- The chancel and the side
chapels are very similar. They are very small.
- The chancel is the area
of the church for the altar and the priest. Relics (bones) of
St. Edward the Martyr were probably kept in the altar. The one
in the picture is not the original, but it is made from Saxon
- The chapels would
originally have had smaller altars dedicated to other saints.
One is now a baptistery with a font. The other has been pulled
- The entrances to the
building were through the chapels.
- Like the rest of the
building, they would be very dark and lit by candles.
Why not Take
a look round the rest of the Saxon Church.