For this church:
There is stained glass in four windows.
The earliest stained glass dates from 1870, and is in memory of John Spencer, a local farmer. It is located in the westernmost of the windows on the south side of the chancel.
The window contains three brightly coloured panels depicting fruiting vines, entwined with scrolls which read ‘I am the Resurrection and the Life. Because I live ye shall live also. He that believeth in Me though he were dead yet shall he live’.
Alpha and omega are incorporated in the upper lights.
The stained glass in the east window of the south aisle is the war memorial. It dates from 1920 and depicts the Benediction, with Christ in majesty, flanked by St Michael and St George. St Michael the Archangel is the warrior saint and also the angel of death, and is thus particularly apposite for a war memorial. He is depicted in armour with a white and purple cloak, above a vanquished dragon, and carries emblems of his two roles, namely a flaming sword and weighing scales. One side of the scale holds a weight, the other a soul. Above him is the Shield of the Trinity. St George, also a martial saint and the patron saint of England, is equally apt. He is depicted helmed, cloaked and in armour, quelling a dragon with his spear, his sword slung over his back. His cloak is white, with a blue lining and gold edging. Above him is St George’s cross. Christ is depicted in red with a white and gold cloak, in the act of giving the benediction. He stands in Heaven with two angels below Him, bearing a shield with the letters IHC, which stand for the first three letters of the name of Jesus in Greek (IHΣ). Panels below the images read:
The easternmost window in the north wall of the north aisle contains stained glass which shows the Annunciation. The Angel Gabriel is depicted in a white robe with a purple cloak or cope, holding a golden staff. The central panel shows two angels bearing a blue shield with the initial M, and above, a vase of lilies, symbolising purity, and the inscription ‘Ave, gratia plena, Dominus tecum’ – (Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with you). Above, a dove hovers, indicating the Holy Spirit, casting rays down to the Virgin Mary to represent the Conception. She is shown in the right-hand panel, clothed in blue, with a white mantle. A small panel at the bottom of the left-hand light states that the glass was made in 1926:
‘A.M.D.G.’ is the abbreviated form for the Latin for ‘For the Greater Glory of God’.
The stained glass in the Lady Chapel, appropriately, relates to the Virgin Mary, and is particularly fine in quality. The windows are memorials to the Butterfield family.
The east window in the Lady Chapel contains stained glass of 1924 depicting the Prophet Isaiah, the Virgin Mary and Child, and John the Baptist. All have halos. Isaiah is shown in the left-hand panel, clothed in red with a white cloak or cope, and carrying a scroll which reads ‘Behold a Virgin shall conceive and bear a Son’. The Virgin Mary and Child occupy the central panel, Mary in blue with a white mantle, and Jesus in purple, with angels below, bearing a blue shield with three lilies, representing Mary. John the Baptist is shown in the right-hand panel, in a red tunic and white cloak, bearing a lamb which also has a halo. A scroll reads ‘Behold the Lamb of God’.
A small panel at the bottom of the left-hand light states that the glass was made in 1924:
Windows no longer extant
There were two other example of stained glass in the church until the early years of the twentieth century. One was ‘a circular stained glass window of great beauty’ inserted as the west window in the north aisle, on behalf of Caroline Gamson of Beacon House. It was removed as part of the 1912 renovations, but is remembered by a plaque in memory of Miss Gamson’s parents. The inscription states:
The other was also Victorian stained glass, in a window in the south aisle, which commemorated John Hutchinson (1791-1857) and his wife Sarah (1804-1879), Joseph Bemrose (1817-1858), and John Carnell (1789-1855). It is also remembered by a plaque that reads: