NAVE WINDOWS - WEST END
The three large windows on the West Wall, each 25 feet high and 5 feet wide, together form a major work of art in stained glass. The subject of this impressive work of art is the building of the Temple, and its progenitor was a similar window in the City of Lucca, which was long regarded as an artist's ideal and inspiration. In addition there are two delightful Rose (or round) Windows on the West Wall, shown at the bottom of this web-page.
The builders of the Temple, David and Solomon, are seen respectively in the Left and Right Windows.
"Storied windows richly dight
Casting a dim religious light." (Il Penseroso by John Milton)
The Centre Window (featured on the right here) of this set of three windows shows the figure of Christ as the Living Temple, surrounded by His Angels. The Lamb of God (Agnus Dei) is at the top, and at the base two angels hold a Scroll over the Water of Life. The text inscribed is "I am He that liveth and was dead." At the base are the words: "I am Alpha & Omega."
In colour, in wealth of detail, and in fine classical drawing, this three part set of windows is of unlimited interest, and with sunshine streaming through in boundless measure, it veritably "calls the glory from the grey" - the very antithesis of Milton's "dim religious light."
The complexity and level of detail in these windows is truly astonishing. The three images below focus in on a small portion of each window to give you an idea of the inherent beauty in this set of windows, which is guaranteed to reward close study.
The two Rose (or round) Windows pierced in the West Wall are beautiful in colouring and concept (featured below).
Jonah arising from the depths of the sea is represented on the window opening into the South Aisle.
The North Aisle window illustrates the text "And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have eternal life."