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primarily that part of the church close to the altar and used by the officiating clergy. In the early churches it was separated from the nave by a low parapet or open railing (cancellus), its name being thus derived. San Clemente at Rome has one of the few preserved examples. With the development of the choir, additional space was taken, between the sanctuarysanctuary,
sacred place, especially the most sacred part of a sacred place. In ancient times and in the Middle Ages, a sanctuary served as asylum, a place of refuge for persons fleeing from violence or from the penalties of the law.
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 and the nave, for the accommodation of the canons and singers. The chancel rail was moved forward, and the entire space became known as the choir, although it is also termed the chancel; there is no strict differentiation in the usage. In the Middle Ages the chancel rail was replaced by lofty choir screens (see roodrood
, crucifix mounted above the entrance to the chancel and flanked by large figures of the Virgin and St. John, an almost invariable feature in the 14th- and 15th-century European church.
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), especially in English cathedrals and in monastic churches.
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The part of a large church that is located beyond the transept, containing the altar and choir.
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The sanctuary of a church, including the choir; reserved for the clergy.
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the part of a church containing the altar, sanctuary, and choir, usually separated from the nave and transepts by a screen
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Perfectly situated, Chancel Place is minutes from the coast and only five miles from historic Alnwick, offering exclusivity while being ideally located to explore Northumberland.
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While parishioners were historically responsible for the upkeep of the body of the church, it fell to the rector to maintain the chancel. And since the rector had previously been appointed to his job by the monastery, the monastery had paid this cost from the income received from its land in the area.
NEARLY three quarters of the high-quality homes at Story Homes's Chancel Place development in Northumberland have now been snapped up, with buyers from all over the UK keen to live in this beautiful location.
The chancel, itself spacious, acquires a special impressiveness but its additional height, while the noble contours of the aspiring altar are seen to the best advantage.
Inside, the five-bedroom conversion also boasts a three-stage west tower, the original nave with aisles and chancel, a vestry, porch and priest's room.
Music will be provided by Linda Gilmore, organ/piano and the Chancel Choir.
However, as Newcastle fans tuned into the game and watched on as Alex Telles sealed Porto's victory over the Serie A side, one notable omission from the team sheet was ex-Toon defender Chancel Mbemba.
Paul's Church can quite literally 'stand' in a better position now, following an intense period of major repair to the chancel (the part of the Church which houses the altar and the choir stalls).
Chancel Mbemba is expected to miss a reunion with his former Newcastle United team-mates today after picking up a knee injury.