A Nottinghamshire church is at the centre of a conservation row over plans to modernise its interior.
Rev Allan Scriviner has said he wants to create a more flexible space for worship at St Edmund’s Church in Mansfield Woodhouse.
But this means the removal of a number of antique mahogany “poppy head” pews, believed to be unique in the area.
The Victorian Society and English Heritage have lodged objections, saying the pews should be preserved.
There has been a place of worship on the site since at least the 11th century but the building has been regularly rebuilt.