St Leonard's Church, Rodney Stoke

A Brief Tour and Short History

Church Furnishings

The ROOD SCREEN, inscribed 1625 ,spans the chancel arch and it is a rare and excellent example of Jacobean wood carving. The screen is divided into bays and has a gated opening under an overhanging cornice stretching across the full width of the nave. A Rood Loft probably stood on top of the rood screen where a Crucifix would form the centrepiece of the chancel arch. The cornice on the screen is still surmounted by a Jacobean balustrade, and it is recorded that a small musicians' gallery stood there in the early 19th century.

 The PULPIT on the north side of the nave also dates from the Laudian period, but it was originally sited on the south side of the nave. The wall behind the pulpit is hollow and probably conceals the original staircase to the rood loft.

The ALTAR or COMMUNION TABLE, inscribed 1634,provides the focal point of the Sanctuary to the east of the Communion Rails. It is typical of church furnishings in the Jacobean period and is handsomely carved with bulbous legs.

The BENCH ENDS in the nave form a unique collection of wood carvings with individual designs worked by local craftsmen during the Edwardian period after the Victorian restoration. Just one of them is shown here, but we will shortly add a gallery showing them all.

The FONT is probably the oldest stonework in the church, perhaps from the 12th century. It originally stood by the north door, but is now under the tower. This picture is from a book on Fonts and Font Covers, published in 1908. The font cover dates from about 1625.