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  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    about 1869 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Brooks, James, born 1825 - died 1901 (designed)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Carved, turned and inlaid oak

  • Credit Line:

    Purchased through the Margaret Maitland Howard Bequest

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Small litany desk, with an oak frame enclosed two carved gothic arches. On the outer side, above the arches, is one inlaid roundel and half a roundel on one side but not the other, as if a section of balustrading has been cut and inserted into a plain frame. It has a sloping reading surface and a bookshelf on the inner side.

Place of Origin

England (made)


about 1869 (made)


Brooks, James, born 1825 - died 1901 (designed)

Materials and Techniques

Carved, turned and inlaid oak


Height: 89 cm, Width: 68.5 cm, Depth: 35.5 cm

Object history note

This kneeler is made up from a section of arcading which was originally part of the choir stalls at St., Columba's. It is part of a collection of furniture which was offered to the Museum before the closure of St. Columba's as an Anglican church in 1983.

On loan to Whitehall, Cheam, from 1988.

Historical context note

The church of St. Columba, Haggerston, was designed by the architect, James Brooks, built 1868-9, and consecrated in July 1869. Brooks presumably also designed the furniture which is in similar style to that he designed for St. Michael and All Angels, Shoreditch, illustrated in The Building News, November 23rd 1866, page 781.

St. Columba's Church was declared redundant in 1975 when the parish merged with that of St. Anne, Hoxton. St. Columba's closed as an Anglican church in 1983.

Descriptive line

oak, turned, carved and inlaid; from St. Columba's Church, Haggerston, London; probably designed by James Brooks, British c. 1869




Carving; Turning; Inlay


Christianity; Furniture


Furniture and Woodwork Collection

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