Nave Altar in St Laurence Church, Stroud

In May 2005, St. Laurence church was the target of an arson attack. A great deal of damage was caused, including the destruction of the nave altar.

The replacement was designed and made by Matthew Tradgett of Cheltenham.

The front of the altar displays a representation of the gridiron on which Laurence was martyred. For that part of his altar, Matthew was able to rescue sufficient wood from the damaged altar. Hence some scorch marks on the brand new altar!

The picture on the right shows Reverend Canon Barry Coker (Vicar), The Right Reverend John Went (Bishop of Tewkesbury) and Matthew Tradgett (designer and maker) at the consecration of the new Nave Altar on St. Laurence's Day (10 August) 2007.