The Reredos St Saviour's Church
The reredos is one of the glories of the church Indeed it has been called one of the finest in the country. It is of gilded oak, in the form of a triptych and was given in memory of Joseph Beausire, a member of a once well known Oxton family. In the upper centre is the figure of Christ in glory, flanked from the left by four fathers of the church - St. Gregory, St. Jerome, St. Augustine and St. Ambrose. Beneath the figure of Christ is the nativity, flanked by four archangels. The wings of the triptych bear figures - St.Werburgh, the saintly abbess in Saxon times, to whom the great monastery at Chester was dedicated. The shrine which once held her body, can still be seen behind the high altar of Chester Cathedral. Here she is depicted on the left, holding a church. St. Cecillia is shown on the right holding an organ. She was traditionally the patroness of music. Both figures are flanked by angels. This reredos was designed by G.F. Bodley, one of the great architects of his day. His ancestor was the founder of the famous Oxford library and he himself was responsible for several buildings at Oxford and Cambridge, including the Bodley buildings at Oxford and Cambridge.