Holy Cross, Hoath, East Kent
The nave has a stone wall and arch that leads to the chancel. There is a north aisle which is not portrayed here. Notice the commandments boards either side of the arch. Once a requirement they have long since been removed in many churches.
Reredos - an ornamental screen covering the wall at the back of an altar (Concise Oxford Dictionary). Here are some close-up images of the fine wooden reredos at Hoath. I have no information as to the designer but the screen almost certainly dates to the nineteenth or early twentieth century. The crucifixion scene is central to the overall design complete with soldier (right). Jesus on the cross appears to have his right hand fingers in a position of blessing. The rays behind the cross no doubt signify he is the 'Light of the World' and 'Son of God'. Mary in humility looks downwards whereas John looks up in devotion to the tortured Christ. There is an attempt at realism in this carving as exemplified by the wooden pegs in the ground wedging the cross in place.
This is a closer view of the chancel wall. The decorative stained glass is easily eclipsed by the attention-grabbing fine wooden reredos. It is almost over-proportioned for the size of the chancel.