While ‘church crawling’ on September 30, 2022, My-Parish member Hàìghlèàgh Winslade (School of History & Archaeology, University of Winchester) came across what appears to be a late sixteenth, or seventeenth century Communion table placed against the east wall of the south transept of SS Simon & Jude in Bramdean, Hampshire. Pevsner Hampshire Winchester and the North considers this table to be a “Credence Table made up with parts of the former C17 communion rails” (Bullen et al 2010:190). Hàìghlèàgh Winslade, believes that this table is most likely a genuine Communion table either late sixteenth century or seventeenth century rather than a Credence Table constructed at a later date from seventeenth century altar rails, and is looking to build a typology of late sixteenth century / seventeenth century Communion Tables to help her with her research about this table and would be happy to hear of examples of early modern Communion Tables from forum members.

Bullen, Michael, et al, The Buildings of England Hampshire Winchester & the North, Yale University Press (London, 2010)

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