St Austell, Holy Trinity

North aisle 3

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
Main subject
St Petrock above preaching : St Austell above baptising : St Martin above cutting cloak : St Piran above baptising
Tracery subject
Armorial and two angels with scrolls
Subject type
Figurative historical
Widow and daughter of dedicatee.
Richard Elias Pearce Martyn of Carthew House, St Austell, died ,
  1. Death of dedicatee Western Morning News p 1, West Briton and Cornwall Advertiser p 5, Cornishman p 4.
  2. Truro Diocesan Faculty 21/10/22.
  3. NA1-3 all same style and manufacturer.
  4. 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.

To the Glory of God and in loving memory of Richard Elias Pearce Martyn of Carthew House in this parish, who died , aged 51 years, this window is erected by his widow and daughter.

Tracery containing the arms of Martyn of St Dominick, Cornwall: argent two bars gules (Burke, 1884, p 665).

SS Petrock and Austell.

SS Martin and Piran.

St Martin is shown as bishop of Tours, wearing a mitre, holding a crozier in his left hand and with his right hand held up in blessing. Beside him stands a goose. According to legend, Martin was reluctant to become bishop, so he hid in a pen filled with geese, but the noise made by the geese betrayed his location. From this arose the tradition of eating goose on the eve of St Martin’s Day (11th November).

Left-hand predella: St Petrock preaching.

Second predella: St Austell baptising.

Third predella: St Martin cutting his cloak.

Right-hand predella: St Piran baptising.