The Reredos

The reredos is the decorated wall area beneath the East Window and behind the High Altar. In St Peter’s Church, this takes the form of alabaster with numerous carvings relating to the Holy Sacraments and celebration of Holy Communion.

There are plaques with ears of wheat and grapes, the source of bread and wine, and a pelican nursing her chicks. The pelican is a bird in myth also associated with sacrifice in blood of a mother for her children – as Christ for His people.

The highlight of the reredos is another large alabaster, carved by J Reid. It depicts, in relief, the painting of ‘The Last Supper’ by Leonado da Vinci.

It is a tour-de-force, with close attention to the detail and composition of the original, with life and movement in every character, with the exception of Christ alone, silently waiting.

St Peter’s Church, Reredos: Last Supper, J Reid, after Leonardo Da Vinci
St Peter's Church Langton: East Window and High Altar with reredos
St Peter’s Church Langton: East Window and High Altar with reredos