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New home for Comper

18 July 2014

A REREDOS dating from 1908, created for St Luke's Hospital for the Clergy by Sir Ninian Comper, has found a new home at St Mark's, Regent's Park, London. The reredos (above) joins other Comper works at St Mark's, which was largely destroyed by wartime bombing and was rebuilt in 1957.

After the closure of St Luke's Hospital in 2009, the reredos had been stored at St Paul's Cathedral, where it was cleaned by a team led by the senior conservator, Theresa Heady.

The move to St Mark's was celebrated at a eucharist last month to mark the 150th anniversary of Comper's birth, when the Bishop of Edmonton, the Rt Revd Peter Wheatley, blessed an 18th-century organ owned by the Royal Academy of Music, now housed at St Mark's.

The Vicar of St Mark's, Canon William Gulliford, said that the reredos typified Comper's prayerfulness and fine craftsmanship.

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