Hereford & Worcester

St Mary Magdalene Church seat honours Leintwardine butcher

A new wooden carved seat has been unveiled in a Herefordshire church in honour of one of its congregation.

The misericord, or "mercy seat", used as support by priests during long services, is to being unveiled St Mary Magdalene Church in Leintwardine.

It is in honour of local butcher Douglas Griffiths and features a design of a butcher and a cricket match.

It is the second one to be installed for centuries, as most were completed in medieval times, the church said.

The first seat was unveiled in 2010 and honours Flossie Lane the former landlady of the last parlour pub in the UK, which is in Lentwardine.

'Sense of grandeur'

Ms Lane, who died in 2009, ran the Sun Inn for 74 years and was still at its helm at the age of 94.

The church said the seat has proved to be very popular. Four more will be installed with designs yet to be approved. the church said.

Spokesman Frank Jones, who has organised an events on Easter Monday to mark the official unveiling of the carving, said: "It's a wonderful piece of post modernist work, and it's a great comment on modern life.

"I know Douglas Griffiths, our local butcher, and this features elements of his life, pigs, butchery, cricket - it's a wonderful example of what life is but it's mocked somewhat because someone's backside will be perched on it when singing a mass.

"It has to have a certain sense of grandeur to have that effect and that's why people who saw it for the first time last week went very quiet when they saw it, but it does have that sense of grandeur about it."

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