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June 1904 - Re-seating Badsey Church in oak

Monthly Magazine for the Parishes of S James, Badsey, with Aldington & S John Baptist, Wickhamford
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When the work of restoring the Parish Church of Badsey was so successfully carried out some 18 years ago, under Mr. T. G. Jackson, no effort was spared to preserve all that was of respectable antiquity, and to secure the exclusion of all new work that was not in conformity with the old in material, style, and workmanship. The comparatively modern high oak pews were very properly removed, but it was felt that to replace them by introducing pitch-pine benches into a fine old church like ours, after the example of not a few church-restorers, would be little short of sacrilege. It was therefore decided to provide chairs for the accommodation of worshippers until funds should accrue for providing solid oak benches of the good old English type. The Churchwardens consider that the time has now come when a special effort should be made to carry into effect the intention of the promoters of the restoration scheme, and to this end they have placed a box near the south door of the Church to receive contributions towards defraying the expenses (about £400) of re-seating the Church in oak.