20th century stained-glass


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Two of our stained-glass windows date from the twentieth century.

Firstly, in the north aisle, there is a stained-glass representation of Christ the Good Shepherd, erected in memory of the Revd Canon Alan Poulter, formerly Vicar of our parish.

Secondly, there is a circular east window, which was designed and executed by Professor Leonard Evetts of Newcastle University, and dedicated in 1974. Evetts was a leading stained-glass artist of the second half of the 20th century, who used medieval recipes for colouring glass, and varied the thickness of glass in his windows in a way which gives each piece a jewelled appearance. Evetts’ new window replaces the original much larger window (given to the Church by Catherine King, who laid our foundation stone), which was destroyed by an incendiary bomb in the Second World War. It seems appropriate, then, that the lower section of the new window portrays the tree spoken of in Revelation 22.2 – “… the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, producing its fruit each month; and the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations.”

Looking further up in the east window, you can see images of the New Jerusalem, as this is depicted in chapters 21 and 22 of the Book of Revelation. The Holy City can be seen with its walls and spires and sun and moon. Jesus is depicted as the Lamb of God, holding the resurrection standard so that we can all see and follow him. Near to the Lamb are the crown of thorns, the hammer, pincers and nails. The translucent glass of the central panel is cut (unusually) horizontally and has shades of blues and greens to represent the river of life (Revelation 22.1), flowing from the throne of God through the city’s street.

Finally, we can find features in the east window which connect it to other art in our church. The Ascended Christ appears in the window, as in the triptych beneath it. The four traditional figures representing the evangelists (human/angel, lion, ox, and eagle – see Revelation 4.7) appear, too, as they do on our font and our lectern.