Nave Altar Frontal for Canterbury Cathedral

This beautiful new Nave Altar Frontal was dedicated at a special service on Sunday 25 June, 2006 in Canterbury Cathedral.   The Dean of Canterbury officiated and Canon Clare Edwards gave the sermon.   Many Kent members of NADFAS were in the congregation, three past Kent Area Chairmen, the then National Chairman, Susan Sellers, David Bell, Acting Chief Executive and representatives from the Royal School of Needlework who attended the reception afterwards in the Chapter House, hosted by the Cathedral.

The frontal is on view all year round.   The design echoes the Compass Rose set in the floor of the Chancel and is interwoven with acanthus leaves, the NADFAS emblem.   The colours cover all the liturgical seasons apart from Lent and reflect the glowing stained glass windows and mellow stone.   During Lent, the reverse side of the frontal is displayed – a striking design of the Crown of Thorns.


Kent Area NADFAS
 launched a competition for the design to commemorate the Queen’s Jubilee.   The winner was Jenny Adin, from the Royal School of Needlework.   It took over a year to make and 1,500 hours to complete,  with many members of the Studio working on it in eight separate pieces.

The photographs were taken by Barry Duffield and are reproduced with his kind permission.

The altar frontal was used during the recent Enthronement of the new Archbishop of Canterbury in March 2013.