St Edward the Confessor

The church at Netley was built 1886-90 by John Dando Sedding and some of his internal fittings remain (Peter Hoadley RIBA, Netley church, pers. comm.).

Figures for Reredos – Photograph (PWDRO 116/104, 244/4 & 244/5); before 1917

These finely carved alabaster figures are of St Edward and the Madonna and child, the maquettes for which are shown in the 1917 photograph of the workshop. The figures stand in two carved niches at either side of the reredos, with a central one housing a golden cross. The reredos for which these figures were made was in place by about 1900 and may even have been part of the original design (Peter Hoadley RIBA, Netley church, pers. comm.). It seems likely that this commission, and the one below, came through Edmund H. Sedding but the label in the photograph does not acknowledge any architect.

Panelling – Photograph (PWDRO 244/5); probably before 1917

This panelling, with linen fold decoration, slight vaulting and cresting, is probably contemporaneous with the figures above. It is situated in the sanctuary, lining the walls on all three sides, and incorporates a sedilia on the right-hand side, which is not shown in the PWDRO photograph.

Screen – Newspaper article (Western Morning News, 1921) E.H. Sedding architect

According to a newspaper obituary of Edmund H. Sedding, he designed a new screen for Netley church but the only screens in the church are ones in iron by John Dando Sedding (Peter Hoadley RIBA, Netley church, pers. comm.).


PWDRO 116/104 Photograph. Netley. Figures for Reredos.

PWDRO 244/4 Photograph Album. Various. Woodcarvings.

PWDRO 244/5 Photograph Album. Various. Woodcarvings.

Western Morning News (1921) Mr. Edmund Sedding. Plymouth Architect’s Death in London. Work for Churches. 23 February p. 8.