Fox Screen

William Butterfield designed this high wrought-iron screen which is situated in St Bees Priory between the nave and chancel. It is in memory of William Fox who died in 1886 as can be seen from this plaque on its rear.
   Caesar Caine says it is made from gun metal and cost £500. He goes on to say: “Most of us have heard expressions of disapproval of this handsome work of art.” It would seem time has faded the original bright colours which generated the criticism. Pevsner says it is: “an outstandingly good piece.” 

fox_screen_3Simon Jenkins calls it a “St Bees treasure” and continues “this is a masterpiece too little appreciated on this far Cumbrian coast.”