Dr Matthew Cheung Salisbury & Gustav Zamore
Plan of a church (All Saints’ parish church, Newchurch, Isle of Wight):
NB – the chancel (and the high altar) are traditionally found at the east end of the church.
– larger churches and cathedrals also had other altars, chapels, and chantries to the Virgin Mary (Lady Chapel) and various saints, as well as a baptistry (sometimes separate from the main church building, as with the Cathedrals of Florence & Pisa), a vestry (where the clergy would dress and also perform parts of the liturgy), & an enclosed choir area (in which the choir would perform their parts of the liturgy). The chancel would have been screened off from the nave. This list is not exhaustive. A more thorough plan, of St. Alban’s Cathedral, which shows many of these additional features, is available through British History Online.