The Peter Broad candle stand is located in the North Aisle, originally the Saxon nave, which is one of the oldest parts of the Priory Church still in use. The votive stand was commissioned in 2013 by Maggie Broad in memory of her husband Peter and with the approval of the Parochial Church Council and the Chancellor of the Diocese.
Peter was a successful professional architect in practice in Birmingham and a keen artist. He and his family loved the North Norfolk area and were frequent visitors to Weybourne and regular worshippers in the Priory Church. Peter sadly died suddenly on April 3rd 2001, at the age of 54, as he was about to move permanently to Weybourne with Maggie.
The Christian faith has always been important to the family, so Weybourne Church, which is now Maggie’s spiritual home, seemed the obvious place to provide a memorial to Peter as well as providing a focal point for reflection for anyone visiting the church.
The candle stand was designed by Teucer Wilson, one of the country’s leading letter cutters and stone carvers. The design was based on a peace globe and incorporates decorative lily pads which were inspired by one of Peter’s paintings of a Lily Pond. The metal work in iron and copper was made by local craftsman Brian Turner, an acknowledged master in the art of traditional metal work, who made every detail by hand.
The lettering on the stone base was carved into Kilkenny limestone by Teucer Wilson. The Inscription on the base is Jesus’ words of comfort from Matthew 11.v 28: ‘Come to me all you who are weary and I will give you rest’.
The text was chosen to encourage visitors and parishioners to take time from their busy lives to reflect and to light a candle in memory of a loved one and/or to say a prayer. Carved into the base is an abstract of Peter’s initials (PB) in gold letters.