Kingston on Soar
St Winifred

Glass

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Key to Windows

1The east window in the chancel is a family memorial window to Henry Strutt the 2nd Lord Belper who died in 1915. It depicts Christ’s ascension into heaven with his disciples watching in adoration.

The inscription along the bottom of the window reads:

TO THE GLORY OF GOD AND IN MEMORY OF HENRY SECOND BARON BELPER DEDICATED BY HIS CHILDREN & SISTERS 1915

2The East window in the south aisle, set in a five-light bay, is a splendid memorial to Arthur Strutt, who was a son of the first baron and died in 1877. It was installed by his brothers and sisters.

The window depicts the three cardinal virtues of faith, hope and love. In the lower part of the window are symbolic figures representing these three virtues. Above them are three figures who might be seen as personifying the virtues, each accompanied by a scriptural quotation also focusing on those virtues. In the middle is Simeon (for hope) with the words “God is our hope and strength” from Psalm 46.1; to the left is a male figure (Stephen (?) for faith) with the words “The just shall live by faith” from Habakkuk 2.4; to the right is a female figure clothing a beggar (for charity – perhaps Dorcas (from Acts 9.36-43)) with the words “Bear ye one anothers burdens” from Galatians 6.2. Angels in the side panels proclaim: “Follow after Righteousness, Godliness, Faith, Love, Patience” from 1 Timothy 6.11, below which on either side is the “AS” monogram of Arthur Strutt.

The inscription at the bottom of the window, across all five panels, reads:

This window is erected                In Faith, Hope, & Love,               by his brothers and sisters

To the memory of ARTHUR STRUTT Bn March 3rd 1842 Dd Feb 6th 1877

3On the south side, near to the east end, is a window commissioned by the parish to celebrate the millennium in the year 2000. Most of the window remains clear glass, but it carries the Babbington coat of arms, including the motto “FOY EST TOUT” (Faith is all). In a panel beneath this is the inscription:

BABINGTON
1538
INSTALLED TO
CELEBRATE
A.D. 2000

4The next window along is a memorial to Henry Strutt, the 3rd Baron Belper, who was buried at sea. The memorial shows the baron’s coat of arm to the centre and a lion rampant in each side window. The panel towards the bottom of the window reads:

IN MEMORY OF
ALGERNON
HENRY STRUTT
3RD BARON BELPER
1883 - 1956
BURIED AT SEA

Not far from the window is a wall plaque also dedicated to him.

5A window in the south aisle shows Christ administering the sacraments of Baptism and Holy Communion, all surmounted by a descending dove and two angels proclaiming “HOLY HOLY HOLY”. It honours the memory of May Beeby, 1870-1959.

6A plain window of diamond quarries.

7The window in west wall of the base of the tower is of plain glass.

8The west window of the nave is also of plain glass.

9,10Two windows on the north side of the church are of plain glass.

11In the nave north aisle is a memorial window to George and Sarah Beeby. George was a churchwarden for 50 years. The Beeby family have farmed in the village for well over 150 years and continue to this present day. The window depicts the Lord blessing the harvest and his followers in the community. An angel sits in the uppermost quatrefoil. Also in the tracery is the inscription:

THEREFORE THE SON OF MAN IS LORD ALSO of THE SABBATH

The scriptural quotation comes from Mark 2.28 (with duplicates in Matthew 12.8 and Luke 6.5). Along the bottom of the window is the dedication inscription:

TO THE GLORY OF GOD AND IN AFFECTIONATE REMEMBRANCE of GEORGE BEEBY
CHURCHWARDEN of THIS CHURCH 1865-1915 AND OF SARAH HIS BELOVED WIFE

12There are two two-light windows quite close together on the north side of the chancel, quite close to the altar. They are dedicated to the memory of Williamm Strutt (1838-1856).

The westernmost of the two windows depicts St Paul and St John. St Paul carries a sword and is saying “I can do all things through Christ” (Philippians 4.13) and “Hold fast that which is good” (1 Thessalonians 5.21). St John holds a chalice and says “He that followeth me shall have the Light of Life” (John 8.12) and “He that loveth not knoweth not God” (1 John 4.8).

13The easternmost window on the north belongs with the St Paul and St John window. It is in the same style but depicts two Old Testament figures: Moses and Isaiah. Moses states “I have set before thee Life and Good, Death and Evil” (from Deuteronomy 30.19) and “The Lord be with thee” (passim). Isaiah says “He will swallow up Death in victory” (Isaiah 25.8) and “Surely he hath borne our griefs” (Isaiah 53.4)