This wonderfully carved rood screen at Backwell church had one piece missing and
I was asked to carve a new section in oak to repair the gap.
“The word rood is derived from the Saxon word rode, meaning "cross". The rood screen
is so called because it was surmounted by the Rood itself, a large figure of the
crucified Christ, Often, to either side of the Rood, there stood supporting statues
of saints, such as St Mary and St John.
Sometimes the Rood stood in a narrow loft (called the "rood loft") set high up, usually
level with the springing of the chancel arch. Sometimes the rood loft was substantial
enough to be used as a singing gallery; with access via a rood stair.
The carving or construction of the rood screen often includes latticework, which
makes it possible to see through the screen partially from the nave into the chancel.
The term "chancel" itself derives from the Latin word cancelli meaning "lattice".”