Nearly 300 bespoke oak chairs made by Treske of Thirsk have replaced the old pews in the nave of Ripon Cathedral, and are also now being used in the choir. Many pews were converted into oak trestle tables to assist in the cathedral fundraising, two of which were exported to Japanese clients.
The handsome and sturdy rush-seated chairs with book shelves can be linked and provide maximum flexilibility of use for all occasions, from services to concerts. The commission included 25 chairs with arms.
The St Wilfrid Chair has an additional support bar at the back from its St. Magnus counterpart, making it exceptionally comfortable and unique to Ripon.
Treske's craftsmen made the altar table, chairs and altar rail from solid fumed oak sections held together by bronzed steel, while the simple shapes which support the rail and table complement the surrounding stonework in a gesture expressing invitation, welcome and blessing.
This latest addition to the 1300 year-old cathedral's Chapel of Justice and Peace was consecrated in 2006 by the Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, and occupies the stone plinth of the ancient consistory court at the west end of the northern aisle. We were delighted to be able to contribute once again to the beauty, comfort and community of the local North Yorkshire Cathedral.
The Chapel of Justice and Peace in Ripon Cathedral, designed by Patrick Crawford and Beate Neumerkel of Caroe & Partners Architects, is primarily defined through its use of natural materials and warm lighting which create an intimate space or sanctuary within the larger space of the Cathedral.
The commitment to imagination and craftsmanship in their respective fields by all those who have contributed ensured that the newest addition to Ripon Cathedral's ancient fabric will inspire those who visit and worship today.
Treske of Thirsk were selected to provide new oak seating to replace the old pine pews, using a mixture of rush seated oak chairs, folding chairs and benches.
Treske were chosen for their extensive experience of supplying churches with custom designed, hard-wearing, robust furniture. The company designed and manufactured 425 solid oak chairs, an altar table, a solid oak pulpit, a wall cross and a credence table especially for St Andrew's Church, with the St Andrew's cross hand-carved into some of the furniture.