The nave is the large central area where people sit. The word comes from the Latin ‘navis’, which means a ship. The gilded angels in the roof bear the emblems of our Lord’s suffering. At the West end is the raised choir gallery, erected when the church became a Cathedral in 1927. At the front of the gallery is a wooden statue of Jesus, covered in gold leaf. The organ was built by Harrisons of Durham and you will find the instrument described in detail on The Organs of Leicester Cathedral page. Looking east you will see the wonderful gilded rood screen.
The glass entrance doors underneath the gallery at the West end of the Cathedral were given in 1996 by Clare Hilton “to glorify God in gratitude for Christian faith, hope and love”. The design depicts the parting of the Red Sea and the pillars of fire and cloud, from the Exodus story of the flight of the Children of Israel from Egypt. The consultant for this work was Sally Scott, who has worked under commission for many churches and public buildings including Westminster Abbey, the Royal Albert Hall and Llandaff and St Albans Cathedrals.