For this church:
The windows are a mix of circular, semi-circular, segmental and square headed openings with leaded lights and some stained glass to the church with timber and iron framed windows to the side rooms.
Shows Christ with the children
The maker of this window is unknown. Below this window is a plaque with the following dedication:
The Millennium window in the north aisle of the nave was unveiled at an out-door service on Sunday 25th June 2000 by Mr Alan Parr, the Head teacher of Hawthorne Primary School. The window was made by Jonathan Watts of Illuminart, Patching’s Farm. It shows Bestwood Village with its industrial past, the main features being the engine house and headstocks, the miners’ houses, Alexandra Lodge, the school, and the Mill Lakes. There are nine roundels within the window, five of which were designed by children from the Hawthorne School, showing the school badge, the war memorial, the graveyard and church. Another has a pick-axe and coal, a bridge with ducks and trees, and another birds. The remainder of the roundels depict the Bestwood Male Voice Choir, Bestwood Black Diamond Band, the Duke of St Alban’s Coat of Arms and a drawing of cotton flax by the artist, representing the former cotton mills.
The chancel window has four lights depicting the four evangelists Matthew, Mark, Luke and John all carrying books and the means of writing. At the bottom of the window is the following inscription:
The maker of the window is unknown.
Mr John Lancaster, of Bilton Grange, Rugby, died aged 69 years. He was MP for Wigan 1868-1874 and he was the entrepreneur who set up the Bestwood Coal and Iron Company. Mr Lancaster also had a very interesting connection with the American Civil War, becoming involved in its last great sea battle between the Confederate ship Alabama and the Union ship Kearsarge off Cherbourg France in June 1864. The rebel raider Alabama was in Cherbourg for repairs, when the USS Kearsarge discovered her. On 19th June 1864, a battle ensued. After one hour the Kearsage proved the stronger and sank the notorious Alabama. John Lancaster was in Cherbourg for the opening of a casino with his family on his luxury yacht The Deerhound. He put to sea to rescue crew members and landed them in Southampton that night.
Christ in majesty with sceptre and orb; with words from the Te Deum: