Tarporley Parish Church


Pilgrim Porch

Pilgrim Porch at Chester Cathedral

Chester Cathedral and esteemed Cheshire-based artist, Stephen Broadbent, are launching an exciting project called the Pilgrim Porch, which aims to capture a snapshot of worshipping life across the Diocese of Chester as part of a new permanent artwork to be installed at the west doors of Chester Cathedral. Hundreds of worshipping communities, from parishes and chapels, pioneer projects, and chaplaincies are invited to contribute through word and image. Every contribution will be permanently encapsulated into the new porch as part of a spectacular labyrinth design created by Stephen Broadbent.

The finished installation will be a sculptural bronze porch with ceremonial glass doors positioned at the west end of the Cathedral. It will be unveiled later this year as part of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

Artist Stephen Broadbent writes: "I am asking every church in the diocese to share an image that is significant to their community. This image; perhaps of a piece of stained glass, a carved detail, or symbolic object, will, along with almost 400 other photographs, help create a unique artwork. The artwork will form a Labyrinth design, symbolically connecting every church to each other and to the Cathedral. The Pilgrim Porch will be unveiled in 2022 as part of the Queen’s platinum Jubilee celebrations. An interactive web-link will allow people to view each image, along with a supporting image that shows it in it’s context, learning something about its story, and the church."

Following a request by Jim Bridgman, parishioners from each of our three churches have submitted photographs and descriptions for possible inclusion in the final artwork. Thank you to all those who have contributed. You can see Tarporley Parishes' submissions  for our three churches by clicking the links below:- 

The Delamere Horn in St Helen's Church Tarporley

Angels in Eaton at St Thomas' Church Eaton

Forgiven and Restored  at St John and the Holy Cross Church Cotebrook




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