St Michael and All Angels Church, Middlewich www.middlewichparishchurch.org.uk
North Aisle Windows Click to enlarge

The North Door window consists of 4 round-headed perpendicular lights.(1) The windows are divided into eight picture panels.


The panels depict (left to right, top to bottom):-


1. A woman with a pitcher at a well (the Samaritan woman) giving a drink to the thirsty traveller.

2. Healing the blind.

3. Visiting a prisoner.

4. The Good Samaritan.

5. Feeding the poor.

6. Offering someone his cloak – your need is greater than mine.

7. Healing the sick – or comforting the dying.

8. The Prodigal Son.

There is a coat of arms in the bottom right hand corner panel, this may be the makers mark.

The inscription along the window bottom reads:- “In loving memory of Peter Barker of Middlewich, who died 16th of September 1857, aged 52 years”.

Peter was a solicitor and his tombstone is on the north side of the church




ZO1.jpgThe Presentation window consists of 4 perpendicular lights and 10 tracery lights.(1) The main lights are round-headed windows.


This window is known as the Simeon window. Four rather austere and static figures in sombre colours fill the panel.


First there is Joseph, an old man with a staff, and holding a casket.

Next is Mary, in red this time, holding her offering – a basket containing two doves.

In the third panel is Simeon, hand upraised, holding the child Jesus. At his feet is a sacred vessel or a sanctuary lamp.

In the fourth panel is Anna, hands together, praising the Lord.

Underneath are the words of the Nunc Dimittis(2) – “Lord, now lettest Thou Thy servant depart in peace, according to Thy word, for mine eyes have seen Thy salvation”.

Under this inscription are four short panels with patterns of red quatrefoils, and then further scriptural quotations:-

1. We will go into his tabernacle, we will worship at his footstool.

2. My help cometh from the Lord, which made Heaven and Earth.

3. I will take the cry of Salvation and call upon the name of the Lord.

4. Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.

Above the heads of the four figures are fantastic patterns of arches, columns and turrets, and up at the top of the window again four angels with musical instruments – each poised on the tip of an arch.

Other arches have crowns and fleurs-de-lys. At the tip are two ciphers – 1   WR (in the reign of King William IV)

ZP2.jpgUnderneath the window is a brass plate, which reads:-

“Ad Dei gloriam, et in piam memoriam, Gulielmi Roylance Court qui natus Ap;2 A.D.1812, obiit Aug;28 A.D. 1881, hanc fenestram dedicaberunt uxor et filius natu maximus”.

(To the glory of God, and in devout memory of William Roylance Court, who was born on April 2nd AD 1812, and died on August 28th AD1881, this window has been given by his wife and eldest son).

William Roylance Court lived in Manor House, Middlewich. He was married to Jane Skerratt and the eldest son mentioned was married to Mary Carlaw Walker, daughter of Andrew Walker, who donated the Walker Museum to Liverpool.(3)


He is buried in Middlewich cemetery.




ZN1.jpgThe Epiphany window consists of 4 perpendicular lights and 10 tracery lights.(1) The main lights are round-headed windows.


This window shows the Visitation of the Kings.


The three Kings are in the two left-hand panels, richly robed, two of them with fantastic turban head-dresses, the third with a crown. One of them is an old man with a white beard, the one who is kneeling has golden hair and beard, the third has no beard at all, and his face is a faintly darker hue than the others.

In the third panel sits Mary, with the Christ-child on her knee. Her clothing – white this time, with a red girdle – is of a perceptible richness.

Over their heads, seen through the wooden beams of the open-sided stable, shines the star.

Mary’s niche is beautifully decorated compared to the bare wooden walls behind the others.

In the last panel stands Joseph, robed in blue, with his hands piously lifted in prayer, and on his face a look of puzzlement at the visit of these obviously important gentlemen. His sandaled feet help to draw attention to the cobbled floor.

Above each of the four figures rise arches, columns and towers, and as in the previous window four angels – but without musical instruments this time – stand poised on the points of arches.

In the top two panels are two ciphers, 1902 and CVR (in the reign of Queen Victoria).

Under the figures runs the quotation:- “The Gentiles shall come to thy light, and Kings to the brightness of thy rising”. Isaiah LX3 (60 v3).

Below this are four panels with arches on a red background and right at the foot of the window runs the inscription:- “To the Glory of God and in loving memory of Jane Court, widow of William Roylance Court, of Manor House in this parish. Born 18th October 1821, died 10th September 1901”.


Reference


1. lights’ are the main panels, ‘tracery lights’ are the small windows above the main panels.


2. Nunc Dimittis – Song of Simeon (Luke 2:29-32)


3. Andrew Barclay Walker – Wikipedia.


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