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The chancel
The chancel arch is surmounted by a massive painting of Christ in Glory.  Along the north wall are apostles and evangelists alternating with stained glass windows.  The right hand window shows New Testament themes; the left, themes from the Old Testament.  The east window, designed by Dean Henry Hobart's daughter, is flanked by paintings of the Resurrection on the left and the Ascension on the right.  The window itself depicts all the saints gathered around the archangel Michael, with elders casting down their crowns before the Throne of God.

 


The reredos below the east window is the focus of the church.  It is a triptych of marble panels representing the road to Calvary, the Crucifixion and the Entombment of Christ.  The altar itself is intricately carved, although the carving was damaged in a fire.  The carving is normally hidden from view by the altar frontal and is revealed only when the altar is stripped on Maundy Thursday.  Also within the sanctuary are the mighty twelve foot high branched candlesticks, decorated with angels.

Earl of Ripon tomb
To the south of the sanctuary is the tomb chapel, the focus of which is of course the tomb of the Earl of Ripon, Frederick Robinson, in whose memory the church was built, and his wife Lady Sarah.  This is described in more detail in the section on "Monuments".  The wall paintings continue through the chapel, showing St Peter and St Paul, Christ's entry into Jerusalem, and Christ instructing his disciples to "suffer little children to come unto me."