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The windows are chiefly in the Decorated style which prevailed in England about 1350. The aisle windows are square headed with tracery at the top. Most of the tracery was renewed in 1877.
This window, was a gift of Sir John Hall K.C.M.O., of New Zealand to commemorate the marriage of his ancestors Joseph Hall and Catherine Pigot in 1696. Catherine Pigot was the daughter of the then vicar of Ordsall. The window represents the Marriage Feast at Cana and was the work of Mr C.E. Kempe.
The inscription reads:
(He had come over to England to trace his ancestors.)
This fine window was produced by the Camm Brothers of Smethwick, Birmingham and was placed in the church in March 1882. The chancel roof had been raised in 1877 to accommodate this large five-light window. It was paid for by R Newbold Esq. of Ordsall Hall as a memorial to his uncle Mr J Rodgers of Sheffield who was connected to the cutlery firm and who had been blind for the last 40 years of his life. The main inscription reads:
('To the glory of God and in memory of Joseph Rodgers who was born 82 years ago and died in the neighbourhood of Sheffield on December 3rd, 1867. Robert Newbold gave, ordered and dedicated this window.')
The subject of the 1st light – the healing of the blind man with the inscription 'Go thy way, thy faith hath made thee whole. Mark 10, 52.'
The centre is a picture of the Resurrection, with the inscription 'I am the Resurrection and the Life. He that believeth on me, though he were dead yet shall he live. John xi,25.' This is spread over lights 2, 3 and 4.
The 5th light – the blind man testifies to the Jews with the words, 'One thing I know, that whereas I was blind, now I see. John 9, 25.'
On the left St Paulinus is holding a model of York Minster, which he founded in A.D. 627. All Hallows was in the Diocese of York until 1837, when it was made part of Lincoln.
On the right, is St Hugh of Lincoln with his favourite swan.
In the centre, is the figure of the Virgin holding a book, representing the present St Mary’s cathedral at Southwell.
Dedicated in 1937 is a window, made by Powell, London, in three lights representing military saints. It is in memory of Sgt Major and Mrs G Johnson, who are buried in the churchyard. The middle depicts St George with his foot on a dragon, and behind him Windsor Castle. The left light is St Alban. Over his shoulder is a picture of St Alban’s cathedral. To the right is St Martin with a picture of Tours cathedral at the back. At the bottom of the left light is the badge of the South Staffs. Regiment, and at the bottom of the right light The Cameroons. These represent Johnson’s Regiments.
Inscription at the foot of the window:
Both porch windows were paid for by the children of Thrumpton County Primary School, the first in 1958 and the second in 1961. The artist and maker for both was Mr Claude Price of Yardley, Birmingham. The picture on the earlier window symbolises a boy and girl, with a bunch of flowers, looking up to two birds, one of them in its nest. The 1961 window depicts a boy and girl looking up at the school badge and a coat of arms.
A plaque beneath the west porch window (1958) has the inscription:
The motto on the second window – 'Honest labour bears a lovely face.'
The windows either side of the tower (Windows 10 and 12) were originally of a similar design. Both were given by Mrs Brough of Queen Street in memory of her two daughters. In 1955 it was reported that the window nearest to the south porch 'is much damaged and would cost more than it is worth in repairs. If it were removed and replaced by white antique glass, the effect would be remarkable in additional light'. The original window represented the parable of the Good Shepherd and was in memory of Louisa who died aged 26 on 17th July 1879. The replacement window was dedicated during morning service on Sunday 19th January 1958 by the Venerable F.H. West, Archdeacon of Newark. The central figure, the Madonna and child stands for the faith. One side panel has York Minster, the other Southwell Minster. The window cost £120, the sum being raised by public subscription, including gifts from Ordsall Methodist Community.
The second window (Window 12), which can still be seen, bears the text 'Suffer little children to come unto Me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God. – Mark, x chapter, xiv verse'. It is in loving memory of Julia Elizabeth who was also 26 when she died in July 1881. The inscription reads:
Both of the original windows were by Camm Brothers.
A replacement window, faculty obtained in 1949 reads thus – 'To replace the Western most three light window in the North side of the said Church with a Heraldic War Memorial Window together with an inscription in the words and figures following that is to say:
The window has the badges of the Royal Navy, his(her) Majesty’s army and the Royal Air Force. It also contains the shield and arms of East Retford (two choughs on a field of gold), the shield of All Hallows (Gold crown and scrolls of the Saints on a field of black and white) and the shield of the County of Nottingham (the Major Oak and a river of green).
Provided that nothing here in contained shall authorise any interference with the tracery of the said window nor the removal of the iron bars or supports (if any) which may intersect the said window.' The design for this memorial window was on show in church in December 1946, and the estimated cost was £200 plus fixing. At that time there was insufficient funds for the window. The window by Messrs. J.W. Powell was installed in October 1949 and dedicated on 16 October. The lesson at the service was read by Capt. Body, Adjutant at Ranby Camp. Others in attendance included The mayor of East Retford, representatives from 12th Regt. Royal Horse Artillery, the British Legion (with standard bearers), Royal Naval Old Comrades’ Association, and Royal Air Force Association.
The window was erected by Robert Frederick Lee in memory of his uncle and aunt, John and Elizabeth Payne.
Mr Payne was a farmer and auctioneer and lived at West Hill Farm. He started the cattle market near the railway station. He eventually joined his sons in Florida where they had a fruit farm.
The window contains three medallions with pictures of St John, St Christopher and St Elizabeth.
The inscription reads:
In 1955 consideration was being given to the possibility of removing some dark glass from around the figure of St Christopher in order to admit more light, evidence suggests that this was never carried out.
15.The placing of this window followed the completion of the new vestry in 1937. John Piercy is buried in the churchyard close to the window. The window was in place in 1939, but its dedication was postponed due to World War II. It was made by Powell, London at a cost of £48. In the centre is a figure of a man writing his book and above is the Retford seal. On one side is a medallion of East Retford church in 1828 as it appears at the beginning of Piercy’s book, and on the other a view of Ordsall church as it was in 1868, the year the author died. Above are two shields of Hercy of Grove, and Wortley of Yorkshire. Both are referred to by Piercy in his book and were patrons of Ordsall church for more than 600 years between them.
The inscription reads: