HAYES, Hillingdon, London – St Mary. 

Altar and reredos 1909; Work on chancel walls 1911; Reredos, panelling 1919

The work was done, but it is no longer there.

George Fellowes Prynne designed the communion table and reredos in the South chapel.  The reredos is in triptych form, with St Anselm and St George depicted in the niches between the panels. Edward Prynne painted the images in the three panels, all depicting events in the life of the church’s patron, St. Mary.

Concerning Edward Prynne’s work decorating the chancel walls, the Acton Gazette of 6 October 1911 carried the following short article:

Through the kindness of Mr. J. W. S. Godding, son of the late Rector, the lower part of the chancel walls of the Hayes Parish Church has been beautifully decorated.  The design is by Mr. A. ? Fellowes-Prynne [sic, indistinct initial] who painted the triptych, and the work has been carried out by Mr. Ives.  The effort is rich and dignified, and a great improvement on the old dull plaster.

The records that were held at the firm of Dart and Francis indicated that in 1919 George Fellowes Prynne requested estimates to fashion another reredos, panelling on the east, north and south walls, and a piscina.  On 23 September 1919 Dart and Francis gave prices of £130 for the oak reredos and riddels, and £66 for the panelling.  On 4 December they reduced their estimate, but I found no more records after that.

Both brothers are buried in the churchyard here, as is George’s wife Bertha.



The undated postcard shows the interior of the church.