St Austell, Holy Trinity

North aisle 1

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

Date of manufacture and insertion
Number of lights
Fouracre & Son (WD Snell)
Main subject
  1. St Luke above in prison
  2. St Blaise, dressed as bishop, above martyrdom (beheading)
  3. St Samson, dressed as bishop, above blessed by angel
  4. St Barnabas above giving money to apostles
Tracery subject
Angel holding armorial and four angels with scrolls
Subject type
Figurative historical
William James Adams, possibly sometime manager of St Austell branch of Consolidated Bank of Cornwall
  1. Dr Richard Frederick Stephens, son of Sampson Stephens of Penryn, died
  2. Mrs Elizabeth Stephens, daughter of John Boase Bennett of Redruth, wife of Dr Stephens, died
  3. Frederick Wilmot Stephens, only son of Dr and Mrs Stephens, died
  4. Mildred Helen Fox, daughter of Dr and Mrs Stephens, widow of WF Fox, died
Barnabas brings money to the Apostles(Right-hand predella. Barnabas brings money to the Apostles)
  1. 1915. Cullompton, St Andrew, Chancel south 1. First two lights. Barnabas brings money to the Apostles.
  1. Marriage of Richard Frederick Stephens to Bessie Bennett, , West Briton and Cornwall Advertiser p 5, Lake’s Falmouth Packet and Cornwall Advertiser p 1.
  2. Design for right-hand predella (Barnabas giving to the disciples the money from the sale of his land) used in in expanded form in the first and second lights of Cullompton, St Andrew, Chancel south 1.
  3. Death of Richard Frederick Stephens Western Morning News p 1.
  4. Death of Elizabeth Stephens Western Morning News p 1.
  5. Death of Frederick Wilmot Stephens Western Morning News p 1.
  6. Death of Mildred Helen Fox, Western Morning News p 1, Western Morning News p 1.
  7. TDF 20/7/1926.
  8. Insertion, maker, dedicatee, Western Morning News p 6. Described maker as Mr. W.D. Snell, of the West of England Stained Glass Studio, Stonehouse, Plymouth.
  9. Insertion, donor, dedicatees, maker Western Morning News p 6 with photo on op cit p 8.
  10. Possibly a replacement for one of the (four?) earlier windows in Cathedral glass with painted meditations [sic, perhaps ‘medallions’?] in the north aisle by Fouracre Royal Cornwall Gazette p 7, donor Mr A Coode Royal Cornwall Gazette p 7, Royal Cornwall Gazette p 6.
  11. NA1-3 all same style and manufacturer.

To the Glory of God and in memory of Richard Frederick Stephens of this town, Surgeon, who died aged 72 years, Elizabeth his wife who died aged 73 years, Frederick Wilmot their only son who died . aged 49 years and Mildred Helen their only daughter who died , aged 46 years this window is erected by William James Adams.

S. Luke. Ap[ostle].

Left-hand main panel: St Luke. His left hand supports a book in which is written That thou mightest know the certainty of those things, wherein thou hast been instructed (Luke 1:4). An inkhorn hangs from his left hand, and he holds a quill pen in his right hand. These objects all refer to his authorship of the gospel that bears his name.

First predella: St Luke visits St Paul in prison.

S. Blaise.

St Blaise, dressed as Bishop of Sebastea, holding a crozier in his left hand and an iron comb, an instrument of his martyrdom, in his right hand.

Second predella: St Blaise about to be beheaded.

S. Samson.

St Samson of Dol, dressed as a bishop. In his right hand he holds a crozier and beside him is a Celtic cross, a reference to his involvement with the early Church in Wales and Cornwall.

Third predella: Samson, having been consecrated bishop, is warned by an angel and sets sail from England for France, where he founds a monastery at Dol.

S. Barnabas.

In his left hand St Barnabas holds a staff, and his right hand supports a book in which is written And Joses, who by the apostles was surnamed Barnabas, (which is, being interpreted, The son of consolation) (Acts 4:36).

Right-hand predella: St Barnabas giving to the apostles the money from the sale of his land (Acts 4:36–37).


Tracery centre. An angel holds the arms of Stephens of Cornwall: per pale gules and azure a fess guttée d’eau between three eagles displayed or (Burke, 1884, p 968).

With his stripes we are healed (Isaiah 53:5).

Tracery left. Two angels holding a scroll.

Comfort ye my people (Isaiah 40:1).

Tracery right. Two angels holding a scroll.

The inscription along the bottom of the four lights.