St Mary’s Church, Twickenham is a Grade 2 listed building overlooking the river Thames and Eel Pie island. The church underwent considerable reconstruction and extension in the 18th century following the collapse of the medieval nave, incorporating the 15th century tower. St Mary’s is the burial place of one of Britain’s greatest poet’s Alexander Pope, famous for his translations of Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey.
St Mary’s were looking to replace their existing pew seating with flexible and stackable bench seating, choosing Treske to make 70 three seat St Mary’s benches as well as 14 matching St Mary’s armchairs.
The St Mary’s benches can be stacked five high and moved easily on a bench dolly. This gives great flexibility and enables easier multiple uses for the church nave. The benches are designed for comfort as well as flexibility, and when put in rows form a continuous seat.
Treske were also commissioned by St Mary’s to make and install four bespoke fitted cabinets to house various key items required in the day to day running of the church, including hymn books, bibles and other stationary items. The new cabinets needed to blend seamlessly with the existing darker woodwork in the church. Treske stained the new furniture to a darker oak finish and once installed the new units blended with the colouring of the existing panelling, doors and screens.
Major good fortune enables Holy Trinity to undertake a complete reorder, including sanctuary, choir and nave furniture from Treske.
New church furniture for the sanctuary, seating and reception areas was designed by Treske for Victoria Methodist Church, Bristol.
This 12th century church was reordered with the comfortable Treske St Mary's benches, chairs and armchairs.