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1.In the north window of the Chancel there is a Victorian stained glass window depicting and unknown saint in memory of Robert Alvey Darwin who inherited Elston on the death of his father William Brown Darwin in 1842. Sadly he died 5 years later at the early age of 21 years. The inscription on the glass reads:
2.The east end window behind the altar portrays the crucifixion and is in memory of Charlotte Darwin who died in June 1885, and was erected by her husband Francis Darwin. This beautiful window was designed by three men who produced outstanding stained glass windows from 1855 onwards – Clement Heaton (1824 – 1882), James Butler (1830-1913) and Robert Bayne (1837-1915). Their company was one of the leading firms of Gothic Revival whose work was commissioned by the leading Victorian architects of the day. From 1862 Robert Bayne became their sole designer and his windows show strong colour and are often recognisable by the inclusion of at least one figure with Bayne’s features and long beard. The extended range of colours in the stained glass windows were a result of Clement Heaton’s research into pigments. Of interesting note is the unusual but entirely natural use of turquoise for Christ’s loincloth in the window which works perfectly amongst the range of colours. Their work can be found in many places including Westminster Abbey, Emmanuel College, Cambridge and Peterborough Cathedral.
5.The stained glass east facing south aisle window representing the annunciation of the blessed Virgin Mary is by the celebrated Victorian stained glass artist and designer Herbert Bryans (1856 -1925) whose initial training was with Charles Kempe from about 1889. His motif of a running greyhound is clearly visible and normally appears in the bottom right hand corner of the memorial inscription in the window. It is in black and the dog is running towards the left. In some cases the motif is placed in the picture and is often hard to find among all the detail of the window. In a few cases the dog is yellow or white. In this instance the dog is black. An inscription within the window reads:
Mary Dorothea was the only child of the Rt. Hon. John Lloyd Wharton.
9.The small south aisle west window depicts the baptism of Christ by St John the Baptist. This is attributed to the Victorian stained glass designer William Wailes (1808-1881). The window contains a memorial to Harry Cazalet Harrison, thought to be a son of the Rector of Elston, the Rev H R Harrison, who died in December 1851. The inscription reads:
The Rector sadly died only two years later at the age of 50 years.
10.The west window depicts in two lights St James and St John with a memorial to John Thorpe of Elston Hall who died in 1881 and is buried in the churchyard in a distinctive granite sarcophagus inscribed with Celtic symbols. The inscription reads:
12.A stained glass window of three lights in the north aisle depicts St Francis of Assisi and the world of nature and was completed in 1989. The window is the work of Paul Quail, a leading stained glass artist who died in 2010 and whose work can be found in many Norfolk churches. The inscription reads:
The window was installed in October 1989 and dedicated by the Archdeacon of Newark on 5th November 1989.
The only north-facing clerestory window in the nave bearing an inscription reads
There are three plain south-facing clerestory windows in the nave with inscriptions. The first reads:
The second reads:
The third reads:
Further information about the lives of those remembered in those windows as well as their photographs may be found in Robin Campbell’s publication All Saints Church Memorial Trail (2010).