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1873: Christmas church decorations

Immortelles aka Helichrysum italicum

The interior of the church has been splendidly set off for Christmas by the hands of the ladies, who have spared no pains in perfecting the work, that is most admirably done, especially at the font and communion. On the table are four handsome and choice bouquets, and on the floor a rare collection of ferns and flowers in bloom, wreaths of evergreens, berries and Immortelles, being tastefully distributed and gracefully around the pillars, arches, the altar screen and rails, with a number of banners bearing emblems and scriptural text, with an arch of evergreens spanning the aisle, and bearing the inscription, "Now is salvation and strength."

The font is surmounted by a large star of immortelles, around it being an inscription beautifully worked with holly berries, and on the white ground, "A new heart will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you," the basin being covered with moss and immortelles. The whole of the decorations are highly appropriate and tastefully executed, having a most splendid effect when the church is lighted up for the evening service.

The West Sussex Journal 30 December 1873

Contributed by Malcolm Davison.



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