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chancel,

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.

Chancel

The part of a large church that is located beyond the transept, containing the altar and choir.

chancel

The sanctuary of a church, including the choir; reserved for the clergy.

chancel

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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Bartholomew's Church, a protected structure, including the North Wall of Nave, The West Wall of Nave, the Vestry, the entire Tower, the renovation of the existing tower roof, the repair of the existing perimeter historic railings, a general mechanical and electrical upgrade of the Church, the re-arrangement of some of the timber pews and the provision of new loose furniture, the repair of the nave plaster, the repair and cleaning of the Chancel decorative scheme and the touch up repair and cleaning of the Nave and Transepts decorative scheme.
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It is not as if St Swithun's had been completely untouched: the chancel was enlivened by murals of trailing vines, palms and angels painted by Lydia Lawrence in 1900, a member of the Kyrle Society.