Truro, St John the Evangelist

Chancel apse south

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

Date of manufacture and insertion
Number of lights
Heaton, Butler & Bayne
Main subject
Elijah is carried up to heaven in a chariot with horses of fire
Subject type
Elizabeth Andrews and Edward G Heard, children of dedicatee.
Mrs Elizabeth Heard, printer and publisher of the West Briton newspaper, died aged 80.
  1. Death of dedicatee, Royal Cornwall Gazette p 5.
  2. Royal Cornwall Gazette p 5, description of windows.
  3. Truro Diocesan Kalendar p 150 (). Heard & Sons, Truro (D/E/3/3, D/E/4/2) - mentions two windows inserted after restoration.
  4. The three windows in the apse, taken together, are an example of typology, in which an episode (type) in the Old Testament pre-figures an episode (antitype) in the New Testament. Thus Jonah’s emergence unscathed from the whale, shown in Chancel apse north, and Elijah’s translation as a rejuvenated youth, shown in Chancel apse south, are the Old Testament types, and the Resurrection, shown in Chancel apse east, is the corresponding New Testament antitype.
  5. Park, Jo. The Church of St John the Evangelist, Truro, p 16. .
  6. Elizabeth Heard was also a dedicatee of Truro Cathedral St Mary’s aisle 9.

In loving memory of Elizabeth Heard of Truro died aged 80. Erected by her children Elizabeth Andrews & Edward G Heard

Her children arise up and call her blessed. Proverbs 31 Ch 28 Verse (Proverbs 31:28).

The Translation of Elijah. Elisha watches Elijah (represented in renewed youth) being carried up to heaven in a chariot of fire. His mantle falls to the ground, to be picked up by Elisha (Ⅱ Kings 2:11).