The Windows of Christ Church Emery Down

The following description of the windows in the Church is taken from Cuthbert Monk’s “Churches in and around Southampton”, and was published by the “Hampshire Advertiser” on Saturday, August 28, 1886:-

All the windows are stained, and are exceedingly good, the face of every figure represented being more effective than is usually the case.  The greatest credit is due to the artists, Mssrs. Ward & Hughes, of Frith Street, Soho, London, who placed them in the Church during a series of years.  The East window, consisting of five openings, has a representation, in the centre compartments, or our Lord’s Ascension.  In the upper part is a figure of the Saviour ascending in a halo of glory, accompanied by a choir of the heavenly host on either side.  Beneath, in the centre, are standing figures of St. John and St. James, and two disciples kneeling, and in the sides are the seven others in various attitudes of surprise.  The two outer openings are fitted with a rich geometrical grisaille pattern, and medallions having the tests “Peace I leave with you.  My peace I give unto you.”  At the bottom is the memorial inscription, “To the glory of God, and in loving remembrance of Jonathan Hargreaves, late of Cuffnells, Esquire, who departed this life at Rome, January 21st, 1863.”

On the south side of the chancel is a light, representing the Saviour just rising from the tomb*, with two soldiers in the foreground terrified at the unexpected sight, and the text, “I am the Resurrection and the Life.”

On the south side of the nave the first light represents the miracles at Cana in Galilee, the Saviour, sitting opposite the bridal party, ordering the servant to fill the water pots with water, and the reference, “St. John ii., 1-11.”

The next light shows our Lord standing in a crowd of sick people, healing them; in the foreground a sick woman is a prominent figure, “St. Matt. ix., 35.”

The third represents the nobleman begging our Lord to go and heal his son.  The disciples are in the background, and at the foot are the words of comfort, “Go thy way, thy son liveth.”

The fourth light is a picture of the raising of the daughter of Jairus.  Our Lord stands by the bedside, holding the maid by the right hand, and commanding her to arise; the mother stands by to receive her, and the father and our Lord’s disciples are in the rear.  “I say unto thee, arise.”

The west window has the following subjects:- “The Nativity,” “Our Lord’s Baptism,” “Christ blessing the little children,” “The healing of the impotent man at Bethseda,”* “Giving sight to the blind,”* and “Our Lord’s charge to St. Peter.”

On the north side are given the Lord as the Good Shepherd*, carrying a lamb, surrounded by sheep, and the words, “I am the Good Shepherd,” also the woman in the crowd touching our Lord’s garment – “Thy faith hath made thee whole”; also healing one sick of the palsy – “Rise, take up thy bed and walk”; and our Lord conversing with the woman of Samaria at Jacob’s Well, with His declaration of the Messiahship – “I that speak unto thee am He.”

Nota Bene: some of the windows have since been moved from their original placement in the church and are indicated thus *.

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