Whittingham, St Bartholomew

Chancel east

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Date of manufacture and insertion
1883
Number of lights
5
Maker
Fouracre & Watson
Main subject
SS Matthew, Mark, Christ as the Good Shepherd, SS Luke, John
Tracery subject
Dove of the Holy Spirit, flowers, foliage.
Subject type
Figurative historical
Donor
Parishioners and friends
Dedicatee
Revd Robert William Goodenough, vicar of Whittingham , died .
Design
Pelican feeding her young(Centre light lower. Pelican in her piety)
  1. 1885. Calstock, St Andrew, Chancel east. Centre light upper. Symbol of Charity.
Notes
  1. Death of dedicatee, Shields Daily Gazette p 3, Alnwick Mercury p 4, Morpeth Herald p 4, Globe p 7, London Evening Standard p 1
  2. Insertion, maker, Newcastle Courant p 5, Morpeth Herald p 3, Alnwick Mercury p 4.

Cast thy bread upon the waters: for thou shalt find it after many days (Ecclesiastes 11:1).

TO THE GLORY OF GOD & IN MEMORY OF R.W.GOODENOUGH VICAR OF THIS PARISH 1836 to 1880. BY HIS PARISHIONERS AND FRIENDS.

Tracery.

Tracery top. In the centre is a dove, symbolising the Holy Spirit, in a sunburst, surrounded by foliage. This is surrounded by eight smaller sunbursts.

Tracery lower right. The sun, surrounded by flowers and foliage.

Left-hand light: St Matthew. Like the other three Evangelists, St Matthew is shown holding a quill pen in his right hand. He is writing on a scroll held in his left hand, a reference to the gospel that bears his name.

S·MATTHEW

First emblem, an angel, the symbol of St Matthew.

Second light: St Mark. Like the other three Evangelists, St Mark is shown holding a quill pen in his right hand. He holds a closed book in his left hand, a reference to the gospel that bears his name. The style in which St Mark’s face is painted and the pattern of the lead calmes around his head are different from the other four figures, which suggests that this light may have been repaired.

S·MARK

Second emblem, a winged lion, the symbol of St Mark.

Centre light upper. Fruit and foliage of the vine.

Centre light: Christ as the Good Shepherd, holding a lamb and, in His right hand, a shepherd’s crook.

Centre emblem. The pelican in her piety. This is a traditional symbol of piety and sacrifice, based on the erroneous belief that a pelican feeds her young with blood obtained by piercing her own breast.

Fourth light: St Luke. Like the other three Evangelists, St Luke is shown holding a quill pen in his right hand. He is writing on a scroll held in his left hand, a reference to the gospel that bears his name.

S·LUKE

Fourth emblem, a winged ox, the symbol of St Luke.

Right-hand light: St John the Evangelist. Like the other three Evangelists, St John is shown holding a quill pen in his right hand. He holds an open book in his left hand, a reference to the gospel that bears his name.

S·JOHN EV

Right-hand emblem, an eagle, the symbol of St John the Evangelist.

The dedication, on a brass plaque immediately below the centre light. Below it is a second plaque, bearing the quotation from Ecclesiastes 11:1.

Pelican in her piety, for comparison.