The Bishop of Sheffield has a smart new symbol of office – which looks to the future as well as celebrating a historic past.
The Right Reverend Dr Steven Croft, Bishop of Sheffield, was presented with his new crozier – a shepherd’s crook used on ceremonial occasions – at Sheffield Cathedral.
His old crozier is now 100 years old, and can no longer leave the cathedral.
Sheffield Hallam University ran a competition last year to design and make a replacement, to mark the centenary of the invention of stainless steel by Harry Brearley.
The contest was won by former Hallam students Nick Palmer and Stefan Tooke, both recent graduates of the university’s metalworking courses.
The new crozier, made from steel, silver, gold and wood, splits into three parts, screws together and can be taken safely to use in other parishes.
The Bishop said: “I’m grateful to Hallam and the two designers who created this wonderful piece.
“I wanted something that captures Sheffield’s industrial heritage, and it fits that brief perfectly.”