Illustrated Dictionary of British Churches - Altar Definition

History and Architecture

Altar

The holiest part of a church. In the medieval period the altar was a table or rectangular slab made of stone or marble, often set upon a raised step. After the Reformation the stone altars were replaced by wooden communion tables.

Attraction search
in



National Trust

National Trust membership

National Trust membership

Free entry to National Trust properties throughout England, Wales, and Northern Ireland, plus discounted admission to National Trust for Scotand properties.

Membership details

About the National Trust


HISTORY CORNER
Name the mystery historic attraction
See larger image



This devout king was the son of Aethelred the Unready and Emma, daughter of Richard III of Normandy



21 April, 1509

Death of Henry VII

Henry's death at Richmond Palace allowed the Prince of Wales to take the throne as Henry VIII

This king's most famous mistress was Jane Shore, daughter of a wealthy London merchant



Passionate about British Heritage!