Mylor, St Melorus

Chancel north

Entries in grey are not obtained from documentary evidence, but are inferred from content, context, etc.

Date of manufacture and insertion
1882
Number of lights
3
Maker
Fouracre & Watson
Main subject
St Peter above Christ stilling the waves : Noah above the Flood and the Ark : John the Baptist above John the Baptist preaching
Subject type
Figurative historical
Donor
Mrs Susan Schuyler Luce, widow of both dedicatees (see notes).
Dedicatee
Capt John Downey, RN, died in when HMS Briseis foundered at sea, and Capt William Luce, RN, of the Knoll, near Malmesbury, Wiltshire, died .
Notes
  1. Marriage at Mylor on of Charles Webbe, RN, to Mary Symons, third daughter of Richard Symons of Little Falmouth and sister of donor, Royal Cornwall Gazette p 3.
  2. Marriage at Mylor of Lt John Downey of HM Packet Briseis to Susan, daughter of Richard Symons of Little Falmouth and donor of the window Naval and Military Gazette p 7.
  3. Fears for HM Packet Briseis, commanded by Lt Downey, which left Falmouth on for Halifax, expected , Falmouth Express and Colonial Journal p 7.
  4. HM Packet Lord Melville, commanded by Lt Webbe, RN, sailed from Falmouth on for Halifax, expected , Falmouth Express and Colonial Journal p 4, Taunton Courier and Western Advertiser p 4. There is a tablet in the church in memory of Lt Webbe, erected by his widow (sister of the donor of this window).
  5. Marriage at Kenwyn on of Susan, daughter of Richard Symons of Falmouth and widow of Lt John Downey, RN, commander of HM Packet Briseis, to Lt William Luce, RN, commander of HM Packet Penguin, Royal Cornwall Gazette p 2, Falmouth Express and Colonial Journal p 4, Exeter and Plymouth Gazette p 3, Bristol Times and Mirror p 3.
  6. O’Byrne, WR, A Naval Biographical Dictionary, p 681, London, , John Murray.
  7. Death of Cdr William Luce, RN, West Briton and Cornwall Advertiser p 5, Pall Mall Gazette p 3, London Evening Standard p 7, South Wales Daily News p 4, Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard p 1.
  8. Insertion Truro Diocesan Kalendar p 146 (). Heard & Sons, Truro.
  9. Death of Mrs Susan Schuyler Luce, of the Cottage, Flushing, Mylor, donor of the window, on , Royal Cornwall Gazette p 5, London Evening Standard p 3.
  10. HP Olivey, Notes on the Parish of Mylor, Cornwall, p 67. , Taunton. Barnicott & Pearce, Athenæum Press..
  11. The Downey / Luce window in The Medical Gentlemen of Bow.
  12. The design of the left-hand predella is very similar to the right-hand light of Grampound, St Nun, Nave south 1 (see comparison photos below), inserted little more than a year later, which is known to be by Fouracre, making it extremely likely that this window is by the same maker.

In memory·of Capt Downey. R.N lost in her Majestys ship·Briseis that foundered·at·sea·in·.

In·memory·of·Capt William Luce. R.N. died·at·the Knoll Malmesbury Wilts·.

S·Peter·Apostle

Left-hand light, main scene. In his left hand, St Peter holds the keys, one silver and one gold, of the kingdom of Heaven and, in his right hand, he holds a book, a reference to the books of the New Testament that bear his name.

Left-hand light, predella. Christ stills the waves (Mark 4:39).

Noah Patriarch

Centre light, main scene. Noah holds a model of his ark and beside him is a dove holding a sprig of olive in its beak. Above him is a scroll on which is written With thee will I establish my covenant (Genesis 6:18).

Centre light, predella. At the top, Noah’s ark floats calmly on the water, while below is a grim portrayal of the drowning victims of the flood.

S·John·Baptist

Right-hand light, main scene. St John holds a staff with a banner on which is written Ecce Agnus Dei (Behold the Lamb of God) (John 1:29).

Right-hand light, predella. St John the Baptist preaches to a small group of people. As in the main panel above, he holds a staff with a banner on which is written Ecce Agnus Dei (Behold the Lamb of God) (John 1:29).

Mylor, Chancel north, left-hand predella: Christ stills the waves. Grampound, Nave south 1, right-hand light: Christ stills the waves.

On the left is the left-hand predella of this window, and on the right, the right-hand light of Grampound, St Nun, Nave south 1, inserted in 1884. The designs are very similar, except that the seated figures have been packed more closely (and one has been omitted altogether) in the later Grampound version, because of the narrower aspect ratio of the light. In the Grampound version, the face of the disciple immediately below Jesus’ right hand appears to have been replaced with a photographic likeness, probably of the dedicatee, Charles Jackson.