The Nave Stained-Glass

Central West Window

Under the tower arch is the west window which depicts the worship of the Saints in Heaven. Some have already cast down their Golden Crowns in the glassy sea as described in the Revelation of St John the Divine (Ch 4 v 6)

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Stained Glass at the West End

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South-west window

This window depicts the Baptism of Christ by John the Baptist, and Christ with the little children. This window is by William Butterfield.

North-west window

Noah carries the Ark and Moses the stones with the Ten Commandments. This window is by William Butterfield.

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The North Aisle

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War Memorial Window

The War Memorial window was dedicated in November 1919 to honour those from the Parish who died during the Great War. ‘Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends’. The subject, a soldier lying dead at the feet of Christ on the Cross, was copied from a picture entitled ‘The Great Sacrifice’ by James Clark which hangs in St Mildred’s Church, Whippingham on the Isle of Wight.

The Sower

Another window represents the sower and the seed, with Christ harvesting the crop. The inscription ‘Homo plantat sed Deus dat incrementum’ translates as ‘Man plants but God gives the increase’. The window is dedicated by parishioners and friends to the memory of Charles William Reeves, who served as a churchwarden from 1892 - 1897 and 1909 - 1924.

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The Good Samaritan

This window illustrates the parable of the Good Samaritan. ‘When he saw him he had compassion on him.’ It is dedicated to Fred Porter, a churchwarden and choir member from 1884 - 1923.

The Holy Family

This beautiful window represents the life of the Holy Family. ‘Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God.’ The inscription dedicates the window to Ronald Percy Jeaffreson, a lance corporal in the Honourable Artillery Company, who was killed during the Great War at Bullecourt, France in 1917, at the age of 19.

The Prodigal Son

This window depicts the return of the prodigal son, with his older brother working in the field. ‘I will arise and go to my father.’ This window was a gift from Colonel Nevell in 1931. ‘To the Glory of God and in gratitude for His many mercies during 90 years’.

The South Aisle

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In this window Christ is Baptising the child in His arms. In the background can be glimpsed St Mary Magdalene's font. ‘Baptising them into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost and lo I am with you all the days even unto the end of the world.’


Here Christ is laying hands on a kneeling figure of Christian in Confirmation. A priest with an angel accompanies Christian. In the background St Mary Magdalene’s altar can be glimpsed. ‘Return unto the shepherd and Bishop of your souls.’

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Holy Communion

In the Eucharist window, Christ is administering the Chalice to Christian with an angel accompanying him. ‘My flesh is meat indeed and my blood is drink indeed.’


This window depicts Christian's fight against evil. He is carrying the flag of St George. The Risen Lord is shown with Calvary in the distance. ‘Whose I am and whom I serve my grace is sufficient for thee’. This window is dedicated to the memory of a churchwarden, James Washington Crouch, who died in 1907.

Christ the King & Christian

Here Christian, accompanied by an angel, kneels before Christ the King. He has laid aside his armour and prays to be received into heaven. ‘The righteous live for evermore, their reward also is with the Lord. Therefore shall they receive a glorious kingdom & a beautiful crown from the Lord's hands.’

Photos © John Salmon

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