St Paul's Artworks
St Paul’s Goodmayes has always been a prolific and generous patron of the arts since the church was originally built, at the turn of the last century, and it now has a vast array of artwork.
The artworks include stained glass, objects of silver, brass and copper, paintings in oil on canvas as well as watercolour, carvings in both stone and wood, wrought iron work, gilding work and ceramics.
This statue is of the patron, Paul, and is carved in wood. The artist is unknown.
[The Hills Memorial]
To the left is a statue of our Lady with the Christchild, carved in French Lepine limestone. The artist is Jane Quail.
[The Aldrich Memorial].
At the base of the statue, and integral to it, is a Wrought Iron Votive Lamps Stand.
This was created by the artist Peter the Blacksmith of Norfolk.
[The Williams Memorial].
Old embroidery works hang in the Baptistry. One depicting the Virgin Mary in an MU Banner; the other depicting our Patron Paul and a much later Banner to the left of the Main Altar, depicting the Blessed Sacrament. There are also finely embroidered vestments (an example of this can be see in the image on the right) and altar frontals.
A reproduction Della Robbia, in Italian porcelain, hangs above the Chantry Book at the west end of the church.
The Font, in the purpose built baptistry, is carved in limestone, with red marble columns and an elaborate gilded wooden lid [The Atchison Memorial]. It was dedicated and blessed on 23rd May 1903. Artist: Unknown
The crucifix, positioned below the East Window, was originally part of an elaborate wrought iron chancel screen, now removed. It was retained below the East Window. The corpus is carved in oak and is much older than the church. This wrought iron cross and the corpus mounted on it were both fully restored and re-gilded in 22ct gold leaf. In more recent times a very modern triptych has been created, integrating this lovely old crucifix, to striking and powerful effect; now incorporating three of the new 'Stations of the Crown of Thorns'.
The Stations of the Crown of Thorns incorporating the Triptych
by Henry Shelton
These latest additions to St Paul’s large array of artworks, oils on boxed canvas, start immediately to the left of the main entrance to the church with Station ‘1’ ~ ‘Jesus is condemned to death’. They run full circle, clockwise round the church to the Lady Chapel, ending with the Resurrection. The Triptych under the East Window incorporates stations XI, XII, & XIII. These contempory stations depict minimalist linear figures, with Jesus portrayed as a simple crown of thorns. Hence the name, ‘Stations of the Crown of Thorns’. These can be viewed by clicking HERE
St Paul's Stained Glass Windows
Last, but certainly by no means the least,
St Paul’s houses a glorious collection of stained glass windows,
many from the original William Morris/Burns Jones studio
at Walthamstow in East London. These can be viewed by clicking HERE