Altar or communion rails must fulfil practical considerations and aesthetically complement the architecture, furnishings and decoration of the church. To do this they may be designed to be either freestanding, removable or fixed.
Such rails delineate the space in which the altar or communion table stands for the serving of communion to the congregation. In modern times it is more likely to signify a meeting place between clergy and people rather than, as was once the case, a barrier between them.
Nearly 300 bespoke oak chairs made by Treske have replaced the old pews in the nave of Ripon Cathedral, and are now also being used in the choir.
Sanctuary furniture supplied by Treske completed the restoration by RIBA conservation architects Anthony Grimshaw Associates of the once derelict St Martin's Church.
Designs for a moveable altar table, ambo, credence table, chair and stool were inspired by the Victorian transept arches of St Chad's. Made in fumed oak which will darken with time, the furniture is clearly contemporary yet sympathetic to its setting. Two hundred and fifty oak chairs with book troughs were also commissioned, forty with arms.