Church stained-glass windows are often a source for admiration. Those in St Swithun’s Church Woodborough are no exception, but how often do we look up and study the artistic craft that went into creating them many decades or even centuries ago?
Most windows tell a story. Here in Woodborough, we are lucky to have the stories behind all nine windows.
These stories were first published in various editions of the Woodborough newsletters many years ago and without being attributed to anyone.
It is thought that the late Jane Turner may be the author/researcher.
If anyone can confirm this, or otherwise, please contact us via our website.
These articles, now illustrated with photographs by John Hoyland, have been republished in full on Woodborough’s Heritage website.
However, to encourage you the reader to take a look at all the windows in the church, we provide here a photograph of window five together with a very brief account of the scenes depicted.
Window five is on the north side of the chancel. In fact, it is the first window on the left behind the choir stalls.
This window is one on its own, for it was made from drawings by the well-known artist Sir Edward Burne-Jones (1833-1898), while the other windows were designed by Mr C.E. Kempe (1837-1907).
The Burne-Jones window is divided into three parts with images of King David (left), St. Dorothea (centre) and St John the Apostle (right).
The colours are beautiful and the dedication, which is in Latin, is translation below:
His widow and daughter gave
this in 1909 to the greater
glory of God and in pious
memory of Roby Thorpe.
The full stories behind all nine windows can be found at www.woodborough-heritage.org.uk
Woodborough Local History Group
We start the 2019 season of activities on 17th January with a talk by David Coleman entitled ‘Pitmen’.
Full details of all talks can be found on the Woodborough Heritage website.
We welcome new members and visitors to all meetings, which are held in the Institute on Roe Hill on the third Thursday of each month. They commence at 7:30pm and conclude with light refreshments.