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The Aumbry

From May 2001 Parish Magazine,
On Easter Day a new Aubrey was dedicated at Prescot Church, in memory of Margaret Rowland's, who died at Easter, two years ago.
'Aumbry' is an old English word for a safe or cupboard. It is used in the Church of England to describe a special safe used to house holy communion, remaing from public worship and later to be taken to the sick. In Prescot's case it is a metal safe, let into the north-east wall of the nave, with a wooden cover designed by Robin McGhie and carved by Jim McLaughlin, craftsman at the Bluecoat Chambers studios.

It had been intended that the Aubrey should be fitted in the south wall of the sanctuary. This was approved by English Heritage, But the diocese repeatedly refused consent to this position, so another had to be found. In the event the Aubrey has brought colour and reverence to a previously neglected corner of the church and has been widely admired.

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