Red Terra-Cotta Reredos, made at Jabez Thompson's Ornamental Red Brick & Terra-Cotta Works, Northwich, for Little Leigh Church, Cheshire. Built to Kirby's designs in 1878-79, St Michael and All Angels in Little Leigh, Cheshire, is Grade II listed and described in its listing text as being of "[f]iery orange brick and terracotta" inside and out — with reredos "of boldly moulded scene of the Last Supper in gothic blind arcading all in terracotta."

The completed reredos, a remarkable testimony to the effects which could be achieved in this medium.

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Black and white image scan, and text, by Jacqueline Banerjee. You may use this image without prior permission for any scholarly or educational purpose as long as you (1) credit the photographer and (2) link your document to this URL in a web project or cite it in a print one. Colour photograph by Andrew Fielding, originally posted here on the Geograph website, and kindly made available on the Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-SA 2.0) licence. It has been slightly modified for perspective here.


"Red Terra-Cotta Reredos." The British Architect Vol. 11. 11 April 1879: 154. Google Books. Free eBook. Web. 7 March 2020.

Church of St Michael and All Angels." Historic England. Web. 7 March 2020.

Created 7 March 2020