On the entrance of the church there is a wide staircase leading towards the main door. On the right there is a tablet stone which was placed after the complete restoration of the church in 2007. There are another two more stone tablets at the right of the main door one which says that the Maharaja Nabo Kishen Bahadur had donated the land for the church to the church committee and the tablet on the right mentions the first stone laying ceremony in presence of the then Governor General Warren Hastings on 6th of June 1784.
Once you enter you will find a room to your left and the other to your right. The one to the left is private and meant for the office bearers. If you have any official requirements then you can approach the representatives at this office. The room to your right is the vestry and a very important place since this place has some of historical artifacts and documents.
Before proceeding to the room to your right you can look at some of the stone and brass tablets that have been placed in this section of the church. Keep an eye for the brass tablet which is very special since this was placed not after someone had died but to thank the Lord for bringing back someone’s sons from a war. If you look up you will find two black stone tablets with the Lord’s Prayer, Apostles’ Creed and verses from Exodus (The Ten Commandments).
ROOM TO THE LEFT
At present this room is the church office but once this room was used by the congregation as a change room, one thing you will notice is that the court hangers which are numbered can still be seen. These are no ordinary court hangers but the white balls that you see are made of porcelain and the metal hangers are all carved. Note that this is an office room thus entry is restricted.
ROOM TO THE RIGHT (VESTRY)
As you enter the room to your right you will find a large center table with chairs placed all around. The most important things to pay attention are the chair of Warren Hastings, the mantle clock and perhaps the most prized possession hangs on the wall which is a portrait of Warren Hastings which bears his original signature. Other important artifacts include the construction diagram of the church, a handwritten note by John Evans, a small portrait of Johan Zoffany. Apart from these, there are several old photograph and hand sketches of Bishops and church bearers.
MAIN CHURCH SEATING AREA
Coming back to towards the entrance you will finally enter the main church. As you would see that in size this is rather a small church and the need to have a larger cathedral was justified. There are fourteen visible doric columns that support the roof. What you would see in front would be center seating section with and set of seating sections to the left and to the right. Initially, there was galleries in the left (north) and right (south) section which did not face the altar but face each other. The seating arrangements of the church were also divided depending on your rank in the society. The center of the left gallery was occupied by the governor general and his family along with other members of the council, the women of this society sat behind. The right gallery was for the judges of the Supreme Court and other gentlemen of the society. The center section which did not have a gallery but simple benches were for the poor members of the community. The seating behind the pipe organ was reserved for the members of the chaplain family and pews of churchwardens. The choir sat opposite to that of the church pipe organ.
This section is present under a semi-circular dome with blue walls. The color blue is usually not used in Anglican churches and is more common in Roman Catholic churches so this is something very different from the rest. As to the norms of most Anglican churches, the altar has a simple cross but the dome has three beautiful painting. The one in the center is the Birth of Christ, the one on the left is that of Jesus Preaching to the masses and the one on the right is the scene where Jesus is Missing from his tomb after the crucifixion. These three together forms the three most important stages of the life of Jesus, his birth, his ministry and that of his resurrection.
TOMB OF BISHOP MIDDLETON
This is perhaps the only church in the whole of the city that has someone buried under the church altar. Thomas Fanshaw Middleton the then Bishop of Calcutta had died on 8th of July 1822 due to a heat stroke. He wanted to be buried in the chapel of Bishop’s College but the chapel was not consecrated thus with a special one of a kind permission from the government he was buried at the altar of the church with full state honor and a gun salute from Fort William. The word “D.D.” stands for Doctorate of Divinity (Pastors of the church needs to study Divinity and Theology as to qualify to be part of the Church clergy).
The old entrance from the South- Eastern side which now has been closed is now a small altar with stained glass in the background. The most remarkable object of this section probably is the large painting of Jesus (Salvator Mundi) that you see on the north wall. This painting is very unique and personally, for me, this painting connects to me somehow. Another interesting thing in this section is the only colored stone tablet that I have ever seen.
There used to be two balconies at the North and the South section but none of these are visible now. Only one (portion) is visible is the South-Western one. A section of the balconies had collapsed when a bomb had fallen at the courtyard during the Japanese raid of Calcutta during World War II in the December of 1942. Luckily the bomb had failed to detonate thus the damages were limited.