Designer commissioned to create cathedral candles for Queen’s visit to Sheffield

Designer Corin Mellor
Designer Corin Mellor
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A Sheffield designer has been commissioned to produce new processional candles for Sheffield Cathedral ahead of The Queen’s.

The Queen, accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh, is due to attend a service on Thursday where silver coins, known as Royal Maundy, will be presented to pensioners.

Designer Corin Mellor said his ‘Acolyte Candles’ are celebration of Sheffield’s metalwork history.

His design employs modern features and techniques while being sympathetic to the cathedral’s existing pieces of traditional silver.

The candles combine hallmarked sterling silver, decorative anodised aluminium elements and rosewood staffs.

The full set - two candles and six bases - is being assembled in the David Mellor Design workshops in Hathersage.

Designer Corin is the son of the famous cutlery designer David Mellor, and took over the running of the world renowned company in 2002.

The Processional Candles are Corin’s second commission for the cathedral and follow his 2007 Advent Wreath – a 316-piece stainless steel candelabrum on permanent display there.

Commenting on his latest commission, he said: “In our development of this original design we’ve been careful to consider the relationship with the existing pieces of ecclesiastical silver used within the cathedral whilst also still giving the torches their own modern visual identity and maintaining a subtle link with the Advent Wreath.”

The Acolyte Candles were funded by ‘The Friends of Sheffield Cathedral’.

David Mellor Design has created items for Chatsworth House and large-scale silver pieces for a Middle Eastern royal family.