St Neot, St Anietus

n8. North aisle west

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

Date of manufacture and insertion
16th century
Number of lights
4
Maker
Not known
Main subject
Twelve scenes from the life of St George
3a. George fights against the Gauls 3b. The Gauls behead George 3c. The Blessed Virgin Mary restores George to life 3d. The Blessed Virgin Mary arms George
2a. George slays the dragon 2b. George is led before the king 2c. George’s body is lacerated 2d. The emperor’s son rides upon George
1a. A stone is hung from George 1b. George is put into molten lead 1c. George is dragged by a wild horse 1d. George is beheaded
Tracery subject
B1. Medallion of the Order of Red Cross Knights—George slays the dragon
A1, A2. Symbol of St George—a red cross on a white background
Notes
  1. Grylls, Revd Henry. Descriptive Sketch of the Windows of St. Neot Church, p 6. , Truro, Heard.
  2. Axworthy, William A. Historical Sketch of the Parish of St Neot , p 28. Paignton, Torbay Printing Works, . Axworthy acknowledges at the beginning that much of his description of the windows is taken from Grylls.
  3. Details=RICJ : 36-7.
  4. Churchwardens’ a/c (oral-Jo Mattingly) repaired Fouracre & Watson, cost £1.50.
  5. Restored by Barley Studio, York, in .
  6. Mattingly J, Swift MG, Pre-Dissolution stained glass in Cornwall—a gazetteer, St Neot, (originally published in Vidimus Vol 31, ).

Scenes from the life of St George.

B1. Medallion of the Order of the Red Cross Knights: St George on horseback slaying the dragon

Hic Georgius pugnat contra Gallicanos (Here George fights against the Gauls)

3a. George fighting against the Gauls.

Hic Gallicani mactant Georgium (Here the Gauls slaughter George)

3b. The Gauls, having made George prisoner, behead him at the shrine of the Blessed Virgin Mary, who is seen with her infant child in the corner.

Hic beata Maria resuscitat eum a tumulo (Here the blessed Mary restores him to life from the tomb)

3c. The Blessed Virgin Mary, attended by an angel, restores George to life

Hic beata Maria armat Georgium (Here the blessed Mary arms George)

3d. The Blessed Virgin Mary arms George with his helmet; whilst one angel behind holds his sword and spurs, and a second his sword and shield.

Hic mactat draconem (Here he kills the dragon)

2a. George slays the dragon. The king and queen of Egypt look on from a tower, whilst their virgin daughter is seen in the distance, bound, and attended by her little dog.

Hic capitur et ducitur ante regem (Here he is taken and led before the king)

2b. George, guarded and bound, is led before the king on a charge of treason.

Hic corpus eius laceratur (Here his body is lacerated)

2c. George is tortured, by two men who are tearing his flesh with iron rakes.

Hic filius imperatoris equitat super eum (Here the emperor’s son rides upon him)

2d. George, saddled and bridled, and on all fours, is ridden by the king’s son, who is brandishing a knotted whip over him, whilst one attendant is urging him on with the point of his spear, and another with a club.

Hic pendent molarem ad eum (Here they suspend a great stone to him)

1a. George undergoes another form of torture, one executioner drawing him up to a gibbet by his hands tied behind him, whilst another attaches a heavy stone to his feet, the king looking on.

Hic ponitur in furno cum plumbo (Here he is put into a furnace with lead)

1b. Another torture. George is thrown headlong into a furnace of molten lead by an executioner, whilst a person, habited as a monk, stirs the fire beneath; the king and another looking on.

Sanctus Georgius hoesius (St George …)

1c. The fifth torture. George is dragged by his feet, by a wild horse, which is ridden by one individual, and led by another. The inscription quoted by Grylls , op. cit., p 8 is Hic trahitur cum equo indomito (Here he is dragged by a wild horse).

Hic Georgius decollatus est (Here George was beheaded)

1d. The termination of George’s sufferings, by his being beheaded in the king’s presence, with his confessor shriving him.