Huddersfield Daily Chronicle (18/Oct/1881) - The Late Mr. J. H. Abbey: Erection of a Memorial Pulpit

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The Late Mr. J. H. Abbey.

Erection of a Memorial Pulpit.

By the death of the late Mr. John Henry Abbey, the borough of Huddersfield lost a valuable public servant, and the parish of Lockwood a most useful and intelligent inhabitant. At borough surveyor tor many years, he laid out a large proportion of New Huddersfield ; and his skill and technical knowledge in relation to the various bills before Parliament tor the improvement and development of the town, are well-known and appreciated. In addition, he also undertook architectural work promoted by the Corporate body, such as the building of Somerset Bridge, the Town Council Offices — his last and greatest work being the Public Hall, opened on Tuesday, which was far advanced towards external completion at the time of his death. After the funeral a few Lockwood friends, who had been associated with him in the work of the Parish Church and Schools, commenced a subscription with the view to placing on permanent record the respect entertained towards him by his fellow parishioners and other friends. A sum of about £80 was subscribed, and as he had long shared with others attending the church, an opinion that the sacred edifice in its internal fittings and arrangements needed great improvements to make the services worthy of Him who has said "Reverence my sanctuary," it was decided to erect a new pulpit, and the work was entrusted to Messrs. Jones and Willis, the well-known church decorators. On Sunday list (the church in the meantime having been cleaned, and received some slight decoration in the chancel) a formal opening took place, three sermons being preached, in the morning by the Rev. Canon Calvert ; in the afternoon by the Rey. N.R. Lloyd, vicar of Milnsbridge ; and in the evening by the Rev. P. F. J. Pearce, vicar of St. Paul's. The sermons were of a highly practical and instructive character, the preachers referring in kind and complimentary terms to the late Mr. Abbey. The congregations at each service were large, and collections amounting to £11 11s. 8d. were made at the close towards the expenses of painting and otherwise improving the interior of the church. The character of the work done will be gathered from the following account furnished to our reporter :— The church has been repainted throughout, and a number of ventilating windows have been introduced. The chancel has had a new zinc reredos introduced and has been furnished with new gas standards of beautiful design. The reredos, which extends the whole width of the chancel, was furnished by Messrs. Jones and Willis of Birmingham, and has the words "Ye do shew the Lord's death till He come," in gold, on dark blue, with stone colour between. Immediately behind and above the altar is a very fine design of grapes and ears of corn in their natural colour, and in the centre the sacred monogram "I.H.S.," the commandments being set forth in blue and gold on either side. In the chancel are the following texts on the north and south sides respectively :— "Who shall separate us from the love of Christ." and "We shall be saved from wrath through Him." The entire cost of the work already done has been £100. The most prominent feature of the alterations is the new memorial pulpit which stands on a stone base upon the chancel steps, a few feet nearer the east window than the old one. The material is oak of fine grain, its style gothic, and the carving is well executed ; it has brass grilled panels, and a handsome brass book board. On a plate of burnished brass towards the base is the following inscription "This pulpit is erected to the memory of John Henry Abbey, Royd House, Lockwood, as mark of respect and esteem by his numerous friends." The cost of the pulpit is £30, and like the reredos is the work of Messrs. Jones and Willis.