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Pew Kneelers

Picture showing eleven various types of pew kneelers at St. Mary's church

During a St Mary's parish pilgrimage to the Holy Land in 1985 the group visited the cathedral of St George in Jerusalem. One of the first things they noticed was the beautiful kneelers which had been made and donated to the cathedral by individuals and parishes all over the world.

Following on from this, Heather Sinclair (wife of the then vicar of Davyhulme), launched an appeal in the october 1985 issue of the parish magazine for families or individuals to make or donate a cross-stitch tapestry kneeler for St Mary’s.
It was estimated that about 300 would be required and it was hoped to complete the scheme within two years.

There were numerous designs available – for every occasion – baptism, confirmation, marriage, in memory – or depicting the badges of scouts, guides, brownies, the services etc. The standard kneelers initially cost £12, personalised kneelers £15, from which it was hoped to make a profit to go towards the church hall building fund. The first batch of completed kneelers was dedicated at the parish eucharist on 12 January 1986.

A painting was produced by Madge Harvey from which the studio design was created for the St Mary’s centenary kneeler and the prototype, worked by Ruth Earnshaw, was finished in the summer of 1986. This proved to be a popular design with twenty eventually being worked.

The scheme was completed by february 1988 with over 250 kneelers being worked and the sum of £1,000 having been raised towards the church hall fund. To quote Heather’s words in the final kneeler update published in the February 1988 parish magazine: “These kneelers have not only beautified our church, but are fitting and lasting memorials to loved ones, living and dead.”

You can view photographs of all the different patterns of the pew kneelers.

Here is a full list of the pew kneelers at St Mary's :- 

No Pattern Donated By Dedicated to
       
1 Stained glass  Andrew Sinclair  
2 Lily Madonna Malcolm & Heather Sinclair The Sinclair Family
3 4 Seasons:  Winter    
4 Robins Ann & Bill Sanders  
5 St Mary's Church - Centenary design    
6 Alpha & Omega   Alfred & John
7 Cross - Squares    
8 Cross    Doris   1960
9 Poppy & Cross - Remembrance Boswell Mum & Dad
10 Dove Verena Ince George
11 World Peace    
12 World Peace Julia Sinclair  
13 Flowers:  Summer Evelyn Taylor Anne Taylor  (Mother)
14 Stained glass     
14 Stained glass     
16 Badge:  Royal Air Force   John Hornby
17 St Mary's Church - Centenary design    
18 Flowers:   Spring  Hilda & Dudley Spensley  
19 4 Seasons:  Spring Grace Prescott Frank C Prescott
20 Mothers' Union Heather Sinclair  
21 Rose:   White    
22 Robins Philip Titterington Gaynor Julie Coppinger 1963-86
23 Pomegranate    
24 Cross - Lines    
25 Flowers:   Spring    Pat & Tony
26 Rose:   White Kenneth Hepworth Hilda M Hepworth  R.I.P.
27 Dove Margaret Platt Arthur Pennington
28 Cross - Easter Harold  
29 St Mary's Church - Centenary design   Emma & Will
30 Cross - Golden Mrs Stevens P S Stevens
31 Cross    D & F
32 Flowers:   Spring  Joyce Salthouse Brian & Joyce Salthouse
33 Flowers:   Autumn Harry & Peggy Ingham Jennifer Stonier
34 Rose:   White    
35 Flowers:   Spring  May Harrison Charles Harrison
36 Stained glass  Sheila Fairhurst  
37 Cross - Patch Mrs M J Smith Heather Sinclair
38 World Peace World Peace Jean
39 Dove H B Mansfield Helen Mansfield
40 Flowers:   Spring  Dr & Mrs R K Smalley Andrew Smalley
41 Cross - Chalice   Andrew   R.I.P.  9/6/82
42 Badge:  Royal Navy Tom & Amy Haycroft "Benbows" - Lost at sea
43 Flowers:   Spring  Kathleen  Roy
44 Home - Private Austin  
45 Mothers' Union - Centenary design Dorothy Cuthbert  
46 4 Seasons:  Spring Andrew  
47 Rose:   White    
48 Choral   Edward Brooks
49 Flowers:   Spring  Jones Family  
50 Christmas Wreath Edna Hughes The Birth of Christ
51 Cross - Alpha & Omega Sidney Pendlington John & Nelly Hesketh
52 Badge:  Royal Navy   Alan & Viviene Brocking
53 Garland    
54 Poppy & Cross - Remembrance   The Fallen  -  1939 - 1945
55 Badge:  Royal Navy   Ron Bruce  1935 - 1986
56 Dove    
57 Confirmation   Kathryn Brookes - May 1986
58 4 Seasons:  Winter    
59 Badge:  Merchant Navy   Arthur 
60 Cross   HFS
61 Choral Brenda Scott  
62 Robins    
63 St Mary's Church - Centenary design Diane  
64 Rose:   White Schofield 1901 - 1985
65 Girl Guides Paula & Cherilyn Cuthbert Paula & Cherilyn  1986
66 Cross - Squares    
67 Badge:  Royal Air Force Lilian  
68 Cross - Golden Ken & Kathleen Phipps Dorothy Weal  (Aunt)
69 Alpha & Omega Betty Gregory Alfred & Ethel Stockdale
70 Three Kings Alan & Viviene Brocking Robin & Giles Brocking
71 Eucharist:  Host & Chalice    
72 Flowers:  Spring Muriel James Mr & Mrs Ryde
73 Stained glass  Mrs B Dickson Mr N Dickson
74 St Mary's Church - Centenary design   Karen, Mark and David
75 Stained glass  Mrs Rose Mills Mr Tom Mills
76 Dove Rose Mills  
77 Scouts    
78 Scouts Ian & Shirley Artus  
79 4 Seasons:  Summer   Philip
80 Fish   Pat, Mark & Michelle
81 St Mary's Church - Centenary design    
82 Flowers:  Summer    
83 Cross - Chalice Margaret Kirkham Nathan & Laura Kirkham
84 Flowers:  Spring Mrs Joan Smith  
85 World Peace Pat Crewdson  
86 Mothers' Union Centenary Mothers' Union St Mary's Centenary
87 Flowers:  Summer    
88 Harvest Festival Mrs B Marsden  
89 Paschal Lamb Elizabeth Yorke Wilfred Yorke
90 St Mary's Church - Centenary design Denis Cuthbert  
91 Cross - Easter Eric & Beryl Travis Mrs M E Bradburn
92 4 Seasons:  Autumn Madge Harvey CF 40th Anniversary - 1987
93 St Mary's Church - Centenary design   Jack
94 St Mary's Church - Centenary design    
95 Crossed keys Joyce Austin E Whitehouse
96 Badge:  Merchant Navy Sidney Pendlington Sophia Pendlington
97 Cross - Patches   George   1914 - 1981
98 Cross - Jerusalem   1985 Parish Pilgrimage
99 4 Seasons:  Summer The Brookes Family Robert Brookes
100 Wedding Alan & Marjorie Greenlees Wedding Blessing  3/4/1985
101 Cross - Chalice Albert & Mavis Carolin Nicola A Robinson
102 Bell Mai Standring John Standring  1907 - 1976
103 Pomegranate    
104 Cross - Chalice   James Cooper  29/12/85
105 Wedding Shirley & Ian Artus Sue & Andrew Davey
106 Squirrel    
107 4 Seasons:  Autumn Joyce Rutherford Leonard James Rutherford
108 Dove   Wilfred Yorke
109 Prince of Wales Feathers A M & A J Davis  
110 St Mary's Church - Centenary design   Elizabeth Yorke
111 Agnus Dei    
112 St Mary's Church - Centenary design    
113 4 Seasons:  Summer Joyce Rutherford Leonard James Rutherford
114 4 Seasons:  Winter Joyce Rutherford Leonard James Rutherford
115 4 Seasons:  Autumn   Jennifer 
116 Badge:  Royal Navy   Harry    1916 -1986
117 Three Fishes Ian & Shirley Artus 26th July 1958
118 St Mary's Church - Centenary design Madge Harvey Jane Harvey (nee Mosedale) 
119 Rabbit   M Nash-Eaton -  Grandma
120 Mothers' Union Centenary Mothers' Union St Mary's Centenary
121 Wedding    
122 Cross - Celtic   Dad & Mum
123 Flowers:  Spring Beryl Murray Daughter Debbie    R.I.P.
124 Cross - Golden   Pat & Pete
125 Cross   H J & D
126 Confirmation Vera Forster Vera Forster
127 Flowers:  Summer    
128 Badge:  WAAF Vera Forster Friends in the WAAF
129 Badge:  British Legion Vera Forster Urmston British Legion
130 Dove Pat Westbrook Penny Westbrook
131 Angels Andrew & Elizabeth Travis Adam Christopher Travis  R.I.P.
132 Masonic Eric Travis Davyhulme Lodge
133 Rabbit   Geraldine Woodall  1967-1987
134 Garland    
135 World Peace Fiona Jones Ros & Alex Sims & Family
135 Wedding Cyril & Nellie Hammond 48 years of marriage - 1986
137  Rose & building Nora Watson  
138 Mothers' Union - Manchester Diocese    
139 Flowers:  Winter    
140 Cross - Alpha & Omega   Elsie & Douglas Moss
141 Cross St Mary's Sunday School Miss Joan Golding
142 Choral    
143 Cross pattern    
144 Flowers:  Spring Christine Baguley Denys Baguley  R.I.P.
145 Cross pattern    
146 Confirmation   Jack, Joyce & David Buswell
147 St Mary's Church - Centenary design Margaret & Warren Bradley Marriage of Tracy & John
148 Alpha & Omega Heys Family William & Ethel Heyes
149 Flowers:  Summer    
150 Cross - Glory Sonja Peters John Michael Peters  R.I.P.
151 Rose:  White    
152 Scouts    
153 St Mary's Church - Centenary design   Cilla, Sidney, Mike & Doreen
154 Rose:  Red Geoff Timms Lancashire
155 Dove Hilda Baker  
156 Flowers:  Spring    
157 Stained glass     
158 Garland Linda Topping Grandparents: H D & F Bates
159 Prince of Wales Feathers Muriel James The James Family
160 Cross - Celtic    
161 Dove Keith, Christine & Steven Madden  
162 Rose:  Christmas Laura Johnson Jim Johnson
163 Roses:  Red & White F Rosalie Halls Charles Halls  1939 - 1985
164 Names Arthur Bailey Ena M Bailey  R.I.P.
165 St Mary's Church - Centenary design    
166 Flowers:  Spring Harry & Margaret Ingham Emma Stonier
167 Rose:  White    
168 Badge:  Royal Air Force Verena Crossley Stuart Crossley   R.I.P. 1986
169 St Mary's Church - Centenary design Susan & John Carolin Mavis & Albert Carolin
170 Badge:  Royal Air Force    
171 School - Teacher & children   St Mary's Sunday School
172 4 Seasons: Spring Hardman Family Melanie
173 Churchwarden:  Vicar's Betty Gregory John H Gregory   R.I.P.
174 Churchwarden:  People's Ian & Shirley Artus  
175 Wheat    
176 Dove Elsie Bell Mollie Estill  R.I.P.
177 Badge: Royal Army Ordanance Corps Ken Phipps Fallen Comrades 1939 - 45
178 Flowers:  Spring Albert & Mavis Carolin John & Susan Carolin
179 Cross - Easter Mr Nash-Eaton Marjorie
180 4 Seasons:  Winter Mai Standring & Sheila Jones Terry Standring (3 months)
181 Girl Guides 3rd Davyhulme Guides  
182 Cross - Alpha / Omega Frank & Elsie Firth  
183 Squirrel Joyce M Austin Confirmation: M J Austin
184 Crossed Keys Verena Ince St Mary's Church
185 Harvest Festival Vera Blezzard William & Belle Travis  R.I.P.
186 Christmas Wreath Muriel Williams Winifred & William Stokes
187 Flowers:  Winter Edna Hughes The Birth of Christ
188 Dove Mrs Elizabeth Yorke Mary L Church
189 Flowers:  Winter Kathleen Anderson Roy Bucklow
190 World Peace Mrs L Roswell  
191 Agnus Dei - Paschal Lamb Mrs E Gradwell St Mary's Church
192 4 Seasons:  Autumn    
193 Badge:  Royal Air Force Sheila Fairhurst Fred Fairhurst   R.I.P.
194 Flowers:  Spring Diane Phipps St Mary's Church
195 Choral Sidney Pendlington His parents
196 Squirrel Matthew Sanders Mark & Matthew
197 Flowers F Rosalie Halls Joseph Brown
198 Confirmation   Emma
199 Girl Guides 2nd Davyhulme Guides  
200 Dove    
201 4 Seasons:  Spring Joyce Rutherford Leonard James Rutherford
201 Stained glass Gwen Smith Revd F L & Mrs E Sewell
203 Choral Jenny & George Herbert  
204 Wedding Mr & Mrs Rawlins Rebecca & Andrew July 1987
205 Wedding Mr & Mrs Rawlins Dr Martin Andrew  July 1987
206 Cross & Chalice Rachel Webb Janet & Roger Webb
207 Flowers:  Winter Barbara Miller Emily Plant   1912 - 1983
208 Girl Guides Cath Driver Joan Golding  1923 -1986
209 Cross & Flowers Steve & Janet  Wedding:  7/04/1990
210 Cross & Hand Nora Watson Thomas & Anne Yorke
211 Alpha & Omega    
212 Choral Verena Crossley S Crossley (Organist) R.I.P.
213 4 Seasons:  Spring    
214 Badge:  Women's Land Army    
215 Dove    
216 St Mary's Church - Centenary design   Arthur Royle   1908 - 1973
217 Remembrance: Poppy & Cross M Lowe My father
218 Crossed Keys Sheila Barker  
219 4 Seasons:  Winter Hardman Family David
220 Brownie Guide Susan May Lowe Miss Joan Golding  R.I.P.
221 Cross - Alpha & Omega Jo Newton Mother
222 Duke of Edinburgh Award The Beech Family Joan Golding  1923 -1986
223 4 Seasons:  Autumn Ida Whitehouse & Brenda Timms Harry Whitehead  1912-1986
224 St Mary's Church - Centenary design Barry & Linda Davies John Davies
225 St Mary's Church - Centenary design Joyce M Austin J V & P M Austin
226 Rabbit David & Fiona Jones Christopher Paul Jones
227 The Nativity A F & T Brocking Frank & Jean  (Parents)
228 Stained glass    
229 4 Seasons:  Autumn    
230 Flowers:  Spring Clifford Nash-Eaton Marjorie Nash-Eaton
231 Remembrance:  Poppy & Cross Muriel Horridge  
232 Christmas tree & Family Bob & Christine Brookes Melanie
233 Cross & Chalice Albert & Mavis Carolin Caroline E Robinson
234 Dove Judith Cooper Edith & Harry Palmer
235 Badge:  Royal Artillery Mrs Eve Peters Lewis Peters
236 Flowers:  Winter Keith Axton & Jennifer Hardman To their mother
237 4 Seasons:  Summer Hilda Baker Ross Broady
238 Eucharist:  Host & Chalice Nora Watson Robert Watson
239 Agnus Dei: Lamb & Cross Jean Broady Hilda Baker
240 Confirmation:  Hand & Cross     VJC   1985
241 Remembrance:  Poppy & Cross The Beech Family William Marsland
242 Dove The Ellis Family St Mary's Congregation
243 St Mary's Church - Centenary design    
244 Confirmation   Caroline
245 Mothers' Union Centenary    
246 Agnus Dei - Lamb & Cross Revd & Mrs J M Sinclair St Mary's Church
247 Baptism:  Cross & Font Baptism Carolyn     22 April 1985
248 Cross:  Alpha & Omega Hayeswater Methodist Ch. Church Unity
249 4 Seasons:  Winter   TGW & ARD  29/12/1962
250 4 Seasons:  Spring    
251 Cross & Flowers:  Easter   Albert Barlow
252 St Mary's Church - Centenary design   Kathleen Davies
253 Canada:  Maple Leaf   Marion Brown   1900 - 1987
254 Cross patches   Arthur Copeland
255 4 Seasons:  Autumn Denis Cuthbert  
256 Scouts    
257 Stained glass Harry & M L Ingham George Pringle  (Verger)
258 Golden Cross Georgina Bould Revd W Bould  (Vicar)


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