Circa 1900, carved oak monk’s bench/hall bench. The solid oak hinged top has scratch carving on both surfaces inside and out, with a foliate carving and a geometric diamond shaped panel in the centre with a flower head. On the inside is slightly different foliate carving with some mythical beasts’ heads in the centre. Left and right there are ribbed arm rests held in place by turned uprights. The solid oak seat is hinged and opens to reveal an uninterrupted storage space inside. There is a carved panel at the side on each end and on the front there is a fielded panel, again with foliate carving and a stylish border all around. Beneath this there is a moulded edge and the whole piece stands on 4 squat bun feet. The bench is clean and sturdy.
- 103cm high x 108cm wide x 52cm deep.