chancel rail

chancel rail

The railing or barrier in place of a chancel screen by which the chancel is separated from the nave.
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Meanwhile Robin had leaped lightly over the chancel rail and stationed himself in a nook by the altar.
In estate churches (as well as, more illustriously, in Westminster Abbey) monuments to the noble dead occupied and defined a social space, ranked not only by their size and the richness of their materials but by their location: those situated within the chancel rail, for example, held th e most desirable "place" since the congregation facing the high altar would have them constantly in view.
The chancel rail was accented with garlands of grapevine, swags of fall leaves, orange gerberas, hypericum berries and hydrangeas.