The Lady Chapel has a special significance in our parish church, since it is used regularly for prayer on weekdays. It is here that clergy and members of our parish community gather each weekday morning to say Morning Prayer together. The Sacrament of Holy Communion is also celebrated in the Lady Chapel on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
In addition, the Lady Chapel is the place where our aumbry is situated. The aumbry is a cabinet in the wall where the Reserved Sacrament (the consecrated elements from the Eucharist) are kept so that they can be taken to the sick and housebound. Oil blessed by our Bishop is also kept in the aumbry, to be used, for instance, at the Sacrament of Baptism. Our aumbry was placed here in the time of the Revd Charles Whereat, our Vicar from 1955 to 1959.
The Lady Chapel in any church or cathedral is, by definition, a dedication to the Blessed Virgin Mary, the mother of Jesus. For this reason, our Mothers’ Union makes our Lady Chapel a special place for prayer. All the hassocks in the current chapel were worked by members of the Mothers’ Union in recognition of their Golden Jubilee in 1976. Visitors to our Lady Chapel will also find there our parish’s M.U. banner designed, worked and given by Mabel Lane in 1987.
Looking towards the north wall of the Chapel, you can also see our Book of Remembrance, given to the parish by Doreen Lloyd.
Not far away, hanging on the north wall, you can see a painting of the interior of the first St Saviour’s Church (built 1851). The painting was given in 1866 by Catherine King, who went on to lay the foundation stone of our present Parish Church in 1889. If you look closely at the painted scene, you will notice a marble tablet set into the north wall of the original St Saviour’s Church, commemorating our first Vicar, the Revd William Cockcroft (1848-1858). This memorial stone can be found today in the west wall of the present Church.
The Lady Chapel was extensively refurbished in the 1980s, using a design by David Perrin. The beautiful and simple domed roofing which we see there today represents the hull of a boat. The plain cross behind the altar was crafted and donated by Margaret Sutton and gives the Chapel a beautiful focal point. The new and movable altar was given in memory of Connie Glyn Jones and was consecrated by the Bishop of Stockport, the Rt Revd Frank Sargeant, in 1989.