Abbott’s & Co of Lancaster installed most, but not all the stained glass windows in church during 20th Century. Abbott & Co. Ltd were established in 1860 and made stained glass windows and church furnishings based in Lancaster and London. Abbott & Co. were established by the plumber and glazier William Abbott (died 1904). However nothing of their stained glass is known before 1900. The business continued under his sons and grandsons. Their work was initially influenced by the stained glass artists of the Arts & Crafts Movement.
The windows are depicted below starting next to the Choir Vestry and going in a clockwise direction (excluding the East Window – see number 8)
Not my will but thine be done.
Erected by Elizabeth Alice Stephenson to the glory of God and in memory of her husband James Pierce and her father and mother Thomas William and Elizabeth Smith
36 Then Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to them, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” 37 He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee along with him, and he began to be sorrowful and troubled.38 Then he said to them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.”
39 Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.”
40 Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. “Couldn’t you men keep watch with me for one hour?” he asked Peter. 41 “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
42 He went away a second time and prayed, “My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done.”
43 When he came back, he again found them sleeping, because their eyes were heavy. 44 So he left them and went away once more and prayed the third time, saying the same thing.
45 Then he returned to the disciples and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and resting? Look, the hour has come, and the Son of Man is delivered into the hands of sinners. 46 Rise! Let us go! Here comes my betrayer!”
He took them up in His arms and blessed them
To the glory of God and the memory of Eliza and Jane Elizabeth, erected by their sister Selina Boardwell
The Little Children and Jesus
13 People were bringing little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them, but the disciples rebuked them. 14 When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. 15 Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” 16 And he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on them and blessed them.
Come to me all that are weary
This window is dedicated to the dear memory of Wilkinson Hartley and his wife Margaret Ann by their son W. P. Hartley
The Father Revealed in the Son
25 At that time Jesus said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. 26 Yes, Father, for this is what you were pleased to do.
27 “All things have been committed to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.
28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
Celtic Studio Window, depicting the Ascension
Given by Sarah Lucy Fryer in memory of her mother Ann Hayworth. Erected 1951
This window was designed and installed by Howard Martin of Celtic Studios, Swansea. Now a leading firm of designers with an international reputation and much sought after in Canada, this was their first work to be installed in England.
Celtic Studios (anout 1948 – 1993) was the first firm producing stained glass in Wales. Howard Martin strove to remain true to the arts and crafts movement rather than relying on traditional features copied from medieval originals. Celtic Studios are charicterised by bold unrepetitive drawing.
Maurice Brody, Departed Glory. Celtic Studios: the firm and its glass 1948 – 1992 in The Journal of Stained Glass Vol. XXI, no. X, pp.44-67 (1997)
My Soul doth magnify the Lord
Erected by Sarah Alice and Jesse Wigglesworth to the glory of God an in loving memory of their parents Richard and Margaret Wigglesworth and of their brothers John William and Thomas 1925
46 And Mary said: “My soul glorifies the Lord
47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour,
48 for he has been mindful
of the humble state of his servant.
From now on all generations will call me blessed,
49 for the Mighty One has done great things for me—
holy is his name.
50 His mercy extends to those who fear him,
from generation to generation.
51 He has performed mighty deeds with his arm;
he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts.
52 He has brought down rulers from their thrones
but has lifted up the humble.
53 He has filled the hungry with good things
but has sent the rich away empty.
54 He has helped his servant Israel,
remembering to be merciful
55 to Abraham and his descendants forever,
just as he promised our ancestors.”
All that heard Him were astonished.
To the glory of God and in loving memory of Lawrence and Lucy Boardwell. This window was erected by their daughters Eliza and Selina AD1930
The Boy Jesus at the Temple
41 Every year Jesus’ parents went to Jerusalem for the Festival of the Passover.42 When he was twelve years old, they went up to the festival, according to the custom. 43 After the festival was over, while his parents were returning home, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but they were unaware of it. 44 Thinking he was in their company, they travelled on for a day. Then they began looking for him among their relatives and friends. 45 When they did not find him, they went back to Jerusalem to look for him. 46 After three days they found him in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions.47 Everyone who heard him was amazed at his understanding and his answers.48 When his parents saw him, they were astonished. His mother said to him, “Son, why have you treated us like this? Your father and I have been anxiously searching for you.”49 “Why were you searching for me?” he asked. “Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?”[f] 50 But they did not understand what he was saying to them.
51 Then he went down to Nazareth with them and was obedient to them. But his mother treasured all these things in her heart. 52 And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man.
I am the Good Shepherd
To the glory of God in loving memory of Thomas Moorby 1829-1874: Mary Ann his wife 1831 -1908 and John, their only son 1856- 1912. This window was erected by their only daughter Elizabeth Ann Moorby. AD 1923. Also to commemorate others of the Moorby family who lie in this churchyard.
The Good Shepherd and His Sheep
14 “I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me— 15 just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life for the sheep.16 I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd.
I am the Resurrection and the Life
Erected to the glory of God and in memory of John Alban and Alice Atkinson by their only daughter Lucy 1932
1 On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb.
2 They found the stone rolled away from the tomb,
3 but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.
4While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them.
5 In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead?
6 He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee:
7 ‘The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’ ”
8 Then they remembered his words.
The Bee Window above the stairs to the gallery