Visitor Guide 11: Old Choir Stalls

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The Old Choir stalls which occupy the western end of the chancel date back to the 15th century, they are  where the cannons would have sung the seven daily services.  To this day the Abbey clergy, together with members of the congregation and visitors, say morning and evening prayer here.  

The choir stalls are arranged in an ā€˜Lā€™ shape with 15 stalls on the north side of the choir and four stalls at the west backing the organ screen. In front of the stalls are prayer desks, all placed on a platform fitted in the present position as part of the Edwardian re-ordering of the choir.

Small wooden ledges can be found on the underside of the seats. These structures are called Misericords. When the seat is folded up, the misericord acts as a shelf to support the person in a standing position during long periods of prayer. 

There are multiple examples of decorated misericords in the old choir stalls, including an evil pard head on one, and a five-petalled rose on another.  Please walk around and have a look to see what you can find!

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