The Nave angels
The angels, in the roof of the Nave were given by friends of the Rector Rev T.H. Rawnsley, the bosses (designs) on the shields being copies of those on earlier angels.
The early church believed there was a special presence of angels during public worship, as it was this belief which led to the custom of the congregation standing when the clergy entered the service.
The wings attached to roof angels were not really intended to represent practicality, as in a bird’s wing, rather a belief that Roof angels are spiritual messengers, to hover protectively in the roof over the congregation below.