St Kew, St James the Great

n3. North Chapel east

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

Date of manufacture and insertion
Number of lights
Not known
Main subject
Twelve scenes from Holy Week (two now medleys), with donor panels and small nativity scene.
4a. Entry into Jerusalem 4b. Christ washes the feet of the apostles 4c. The Last Supper 4d. Agony of Christ in Gethsamane
3a. The kiss of Judas; Christ’s betrayal 3b. Pilate washes his hands 3c. Scourging of Christ at the pillar 3d. Christ meets Mary—Christ carrying the cross
2a. Medley (fragments of glass) 2b. Bearing of Christ’s body to the grave 2c. Christ arrives at the entrance of Hell and breaks the door 2d. Medley (fragments of glass)
1a. Donor panel. … ora pro nobis. 1b. Donor panel. Sancta Maria ora pro nobis. 1c. Shepherds and Magi go to worship the infant Jesus 1d. Adoration of the Christ-child by Mary and Joseph
Tracery subject
B1, Two angels holding the royal arms
A2, Angel holding the arms of Pentire impaled with Carminow
A5, Angel holding the arms of Bere impaled with unknown
Subject type
  1. Restored by Fouracre & Watson: Western Morning News p 3, Royal Cornwall Gazette p 7, Royal Cornwall Gazette p 7.
  2. J Maclean, The Parochial and Family History of the Deanery of Trigg Major in the County of Cornwall vol Ⅱ p 101. London, Nichols & Sons, : possibly from Bodmin; upper: royal arms of France and England, right-hand side: arms of Kingdon impaling Carminowe.
  3. Fifteenth century glass (PC : 87. Osborne, June. Stained Glass in England, p 122. Stroud, Sutton Publishing, dates 1469).
  4. Restored by Holy Well Glass Studio, Wells, .
  5. Mattingly J, Swift MG, Pre-Dissolution stained glass in Cornwall—a gazetteer, St Kew, (originally published in Vidimus Vol 31, ).
  6. Mattingly J, Swift MG, The restoration of the St Kew window—a personal journey.

Whole window

B1. The royal arms, in the form used by King Henry Ⅳ and restored by King Edward Ⅳ and Queen Elizabeth Ⅰ

A2. An angel holding the arms of Pentire impaled with Carminow. The arms of Pentire are argent a chevron sable between three seapies proper (Burke, Bernard, The General Armory of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales, p 791. , London, Harrison & Sons). The arms of Carminow are azure a bend or (Burke , op. cit., p 170), and here there is in chief a label of three points gules indicating cadency (different branches of the family).

A5. The arms of Bere impaled with an unknown. The arms of Bere are argent a bear sable (Burke , op. cit., p 73).

4a. Entry into Jerusalem.

4b. Jesus washes the disciples’ feet.

4c. The Last Supper.

4d. Christ in the garden of Gethsemane.

3a. The betrayal of Christ by Judas Iscariot.

3b. Christ before Pilate: Pilate washes his hands.

3c. The flaying of Christ.

3d. Jesus carrying the cross.

2b. The Deposition.

2c. The Harrowing of Hell.


Sancta Maria ora pro nobis


1c. Nativity/Epiphany: shepherds and three kings bringing gifts. This panel and 1d are from another window and were inserted into the Passion window during the 19th century.

1d. Nativity: Joseph, Mary, infant Jesus, ox and ass. This panel and 1c are from another window and were inserted into the Passion window during the 19th century.