Lady Chapel Window

In 2007 the window in the Lady Chapel by Charles Alexander Gibbs, dating from 1871 and depicting Eli and the infant Samuel, was replaced by a new window designed by David Pilkington and made by Michael Stokes. The main light displays the text of the Magnificat in sand-blasted lettering. (The glass proved too hard for hand -engraving). The design also incorporates the Marian motifs of the sun, the moon and the twelve stars.

A jewel-like border of coloured glass scintillates with the changing colours of the liturgical year. In the trefoil light at the top a small diamond-shaped panel of fourteenth century German glass, displaying stylised foliage in a cruciform pattern, is set in hand- made glass in subtly-varied shades of gold and pink. The window was a gift from the donor in memory of his parents, Thomas and Elizabeth Violet Drackley.

The main tracery light of the south window of the Lady Chapel which otherwise consists of clear glass now contains, in a modern setting designed by David Pilkington and made by Michael Stokes in 2010, a panel of fifteenth century French glass depicting an angel censing with a thurible. The remarkable detail that the angel also holds an incense boat of some kind should not be overlooked. The Matlock panel was originally the left hand half of a pair. As far as it has been possible to discover, it seems that the two angels (taken together) supply a unique instance of angels depicted, in either medieval or later glass, as holding at once both censers and incense boats. The modern lettering of the song of the angels at Bethlehem, Gloria in excelsis Deo, owes its yellow colour to the use of the same kind of silver stain as that employed for the medieval glass.

The southern most stained glass window in the Lady Chapel shows the Risen Christ surrounded by angel faces. The exquisite painting of the dove symbolising the Holy Spirit in the upper tracery light should be noted. The window is the work of James Powell and sons and is later one of two in the church dating from 1900. The other can be seen in the north aisle.