St Thomas' Church Clapton Common

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Reference WMO258219

Address:

Church of St Thomas

1 Clapton Terrace

London

E5 9BW

England

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Status: On original site
Type: Non freestanding
Location: Internal
Setting: Inside a building - public/private
Description: Other church fitting
Lettering: Unknown
Conflicts:
  • First World War (1914-1918)
About the memorial: A large crucifix on which the risen Lord is represented in an attitude of benediction and majesty. The War Memorial of a hanging Holy Rood, Christ with outstretched arms on the Cross, was made in 1921 by the Warham Guild with design by Martin Travers ARIBA. The church history records “particulars furnished by the Artist. The Rood was designed on the lines of the early Crucifixes to conform with the arrangement of the chancel of St Thomas’s which is in the Early Christian manner as at St Clemente at Rome. The Christ figure is vested in Alb and crossed stole, and crowned as reigning from the Cross, while the figures of Our Lady and St John are placed on the terminal at each end of the Cross beam. Over all, on a gilded disc is painted the Hand in blessing, symbolical of GOD the FATHER; immediately below is The Superscription written in Hebrew, Greek, and Latin; beneath the feet of Our Lord are the seven flames of the Lamps which burn round the Throne of GOD. The colour scheme is in gold, red and black. On the back of the Cross are the dates 1914-1918 and the Greek Inscription IC.XC.NIKA (Jesus Christ conquers) and LIBRA NOS DOMINE (Save us, O Lord) while below on the background is a conventional pattern of tears symbolizing the sorrows of war.” The Church history has a copy of the Bill from 6 December 1921 for the Hanging Rood including extra work as agreed, Fixing, Carting and Insurance totaling £183 -3-6 
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Although not on the Cross itself, the Parish Magazine “Chronicle” (1919) lists among the Roll of Honour of Sick and Wounded, Prisoners of War, Invalided out of Services the following R.I.P. (21) Charles Pye Albert James Berry Arthur Gunn Brian Maurice Denton Stanley James Davies Robert Lowdes Aspinal Hugh Pollock Bunce Charles Sedgwick Ward Reginal Watson Claude Stanley Hutt William Tye George Boaks Leslie Walker Charles Bernard Hervey Frederick Welford Arthur Charlewood Turner Samuel James Paget Edward Verinder Arthur William Gee Frederick Wilkinson Ronald George Haye

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