A FURNITURE and kitchen maker has carried out work at a historic London church.

Treske, in Thirsk, North Yorkshire, created a large display cabinet for the 17th Century Guild Church of St Margaret Pattens, which was designed by Sir Christopher Wren.

The oak cabinet will house artefacts belonging to the Worshipful Company of Pattenmakers, one of the Livery Companies of the City of London.

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Pattens, which were first made in the 12th Century, were wooden platforms with leather or cloth straps to protect shoes against rough and uneven pavements and roads.

Justin Bartlett, Treske owner and managing director, said securing the work was a coup for the company.

He said: “This was a very special project for us, given the history of St Margaret’s Church and the ancient footwear and pattens the cabinet was going to house.

“We are delighted with the warm and positive reaction too.”

Colin Sewell-Rutter, who commissioned Treske to build the cabinet, added: “Our ancient Livery Company has been planning for some time to bring its collection of historic footwear and pattens out of storage and into public display.

“We needed the finest craftsmen to build a large museum-style display and Treske was the obvious choice.”