Nonconformist Communion Plate & Other Vessels

Nonconformist Communion Plate

Nonconformist Communion Plate

By Christopher Stell

Unlike the church plate of the established Church of England, the communion plate belonging to the various English nonconformist denominations has attracted little attention outside the denominations themselves, and then often more for its monetary value than for its historical importance.

This book by Christopher Stell, long awaited, owes its origin to the Inventory of Nonconformist Chapels and Meeting-houses undertaken by the author for the Royal Commission on Historical Monuments (England) and published in four volumes (1986-2002).

During the preparation of that inventory the opportunity was taken to inspect and record whatever plate was available and relevant to the buildings under review. As well as silver and pewter, note was also made of the most significant items of other communion ware, including a selection of metal communion tokens from the collection of the former Presbyterian Historical Society.


  • an introductory essay
  • 34 plate pages featuring 121 black and white photographs
  • the inventory of communion plate, arranged alphabetically by county, town
    and congregation with which it was associated (344 entries)
  • a comprehensive index

This elegant volume of 96 pages sewn with a drawn-on cover, is in a large format (30 × 22 cm) and is printed throughout on silk-coated paper.

Published September 2008. Occasional Publication 4,  ISBN-13: 978-0-9545061-2-4  ISSN: 1475-6404

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