Tucked away in the darkest corner of the Nave, next to the Tower, is the North Aisle Western Bay Window. It was installed in 1903 and the dedication reads as follows:
‘Erected to the Glory of God and in loving memory of Anne Joule and her sisters, Elizabeth Cook Chatterton and Helen Chatterton of Stanthorne Lodge. by Walter, Julia and Adelaide Joule, son and daughters of the former MDCCCC111’
The windows in the North Aisle are Victorian and their deep colours are a feature throughout the whole building, in keeping with the other windows in the Church that are in memory of members of various families who were prominent Church goers. This window is the only one in this Church with any connection to the Salt Trade. The Joule family were salt manufacturers.
According to Morris & Co's Directory, 1874 (Middlewich Township Pack no 37) in their Trade Directory, they list 'JOULES' CHEESE SALT WORKS' as having a business located in Pepper Street which was established in 1756. The same Township Pack contains an entry from 1874, advertising the same company, as a
Celebrated CHEESE SALT Works
thus supporting the claim that this is St Michael’s 'Salt Window'. View the advert here.
Charles Dickens once stayed at Stanthorne Hall during the 1800s and, as this is around the time that he wrote Great Expectations, it is believed that the character of Miss Havisham was inspired by a spinster who lived in Stanthorne at the time. It is thought that a young woman who lived in Stanthorne Lodge unmarried and alone, who was jilted on her wedding day, was very similar to the character of Miss Havisham.(1) (2)
A window of 4 LIGHTS, 10 TRACERY lights, in the PERPENDICULAR style, typical of early Medieval Buildings. It is made of local Sandstone, block and mortar construction.
There is a pointed arch, with interlinking Y-
The tracery lights are in 2 distinct sets (Y-
The decoration is repeating panels
This section of the Church was constructed circa 13th to 15th century. The Window lights are dated 1903.
The main lights are in 3 sections. The upper portions are an elaborate display of arches, gables, towers and turrets. The lower panels depict 4 arches into 2 pairs, with differing colour palettes. Each central section illustrates a Bible story cameo.
Windows, reading left to right:
Christ preaching to the Multitude -
Behold, I stand at the door and knock/Christ knocking at the door -
I am the Good Shepherd/Christ the Good Shepherd -
His hair is dark.
Scriptural ref : Matt 7:13-
Christ healing the sick/raising the dead -