East Window

The East Window

This handsome gift of the east window was the outcome of the generosity of an anonymous donor who, instead of inserting at the base his name, inscribed the text:

"My Father which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly"

Rumour, however, suggests that the Church owes this first effort to adorn it to Mr. Edward
MacKinley, of Leyfield House, whose remains lie in the churchyard.

This window was executed by Messrs. Clayton and Bell, of London.

Unfortunately this era was not marked by the excellence of its stained glass;
in spite of this fact the east window is so far from being really unworthy of the Church that
after restoration in 1890 Canon Powell refused on two occasions the offer to have this glass
replaced by work of a higher standard.

Its main teaching, by symbol, is worth a moment's thought.

In the five large upper lights are figures of Our Blessed Lord as the Good Shepherd,
the Blessed Virgin Mary, and the three principal apostles, SS. Peter, James and John,
whilst scenes below are connected with the days of humiliation of each of these.

These are:

Our Lord, the Good Shepherd, giving his life for the sheep on the Cross at Calvary;
St. Mary led weeping by St. John from Calvary, St. Peter receiving his commission anew after
his threefold denial and penitence, St. John leaning on Jesus' breast at the Last Supper and
St. James asleep in Gethsemane.

Above these great lights are two angels, the one with the trumpet of judgement, the other
with the Everlasting Gospel - these are flanked by the symbols of the four evangelists with,
in the centre, two rows of two angels, the lower two bearing respectively the name and title of
Our Lord (Jesus Christ), the upper two the Agnus Dei (Lamb of God), and the pelican feeding it's
young with its own blood, the usual symbols of the Body and Blood of Christ given.