The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu yesterday joined the congregation and friends of St Aidan’s Church in Bamburgh to lead and preach at a service of Holy Communion and rededicate two newly restored hatchments. The restoration follows a successful appeal for help to repair and conserve the historic items.
Charles Baker-Cresswell, who took the lead in the restoration appeal said, “I am delighted that our appeal has gone so well and we are able to conserve two of the hatchments within St Aidan’s Church. They provide a valuable glimpse into our local history, as much as gravestones, monuments and stained glass windows do. I would like to thank all those who contributed to the appeal and to praise the work done by Annabelle Remnant who has undertaken the restoration – she has done a fantastic job and the hatchments are safe for many years to come.”
The two restored hatchments date from the 1700s and are in memory of Sir William Forster and Thomas Forster.
A hatchment is a coat of arms painted on canvas and surrounded by a broad black-painted wooden border, often hung over the door of a person of distinction who had recently died. After a period of around six months it was moved to the local parish church and hung high on the wall to remind the congregation to pray for that person.