Looe, Guildhall

Council Chamber south 2

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

Date of manufacture and insertion
1877
Number of lights
1
Maker
Fouracre & Watson
Main subject
Set in decorative square quarries:
  1. Upper. Arms of King James Ⅱ.
  2. Centre. The landing of the Nicolas brothers at Looe.
  3. Lower. Arms of Nicholas.
with “N” in border.
Subject type
Narrative
Donor
J Nicholas
Notes
  1. Contract to be awarded to Fouracre & Watson, Western Morning News p 2,
  2. Western Morning News p 4, Cornish Times p 4, Cornish Telegraph p 4 (detailed descriptions of windows).
  3. The description of the window in the Cornish Telegraph, which is consistent with the scene depicted in the window, states that two Nicolas brothers landed, but neither Burke (A Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry … of Great Britain and Ireland, volume Ⅳ, p 139, London, , Henry Colburn) nor Gilbert (Gilbert, CS, An Historical Survey of the County of Cornwall, p 209, p 211) when describing Abel Nicolas’ emigration to Looe mentions a brother.
  4. Fouracre used exactly the same design for the main scene three years earlier for the ‘Arrival of the Huguenots’ window in Plymouth Guildhall (Whitfeld, Henry Francis, Plymouth and Devonport: in times of War and Peace p 145, 1900, Plymouth, E Chapple, cited in Naylor G, Fouracre & Son Stained Glass Manufacturers of Plymouth, p 20, Figure 7. Old Plymouth Society, .), which may explain why the boat in the foreground is named Ye Poll of Plymouth. Naylor remarks that there is no description of the window in a contemporary guidebook published in 1877. According to a report in (Western Morning News p 3) there were still gaps in Plymouth Guildhall where Fouracre windows were yet to be inserted, and ‘Arrival of the Huguenots’ is not listed among those already inserted.
  5. Insertion of ‘Opening’ window in Plymouth Guildhall (by Heaton, Butler and Bayne) and imminent insertion of ‘Siege’ and ‘Masonic’ windows (by Fouracre). Three windows yet to be given. Western Morning News p 3. Insertion of ‘Siege Window’ in Plymouth Guildhall, Western Morning News p 2.
  6. Acknowledgement by Fouracre of information about arms, selection of subject, etc., in Plymouth Guildhall windows Western Morning News p 3.

Ye gift of J. Nicholas, Esq., Looe.

  1. Upper. Arms of King James Ⅱ.
  2. Centre. The landing of the Nicolas brothers at Looe.
  3. Lower. Arms of Nicolas de Champs-Gérault, an ancestor of the donor.

Ye gift of J. Nicholas, Esq., Looe.

  1. Upper. Arms of King James Ⅱ.
  2. Centre. The landing of the Nicolas brothers at Looe.
  3. Lower. Arms of Nicolas de Champs-Gérault, an ancestor of the donor.

The landing of the Nicolas brothers at Looe, on the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes. One of the brothers is on the Quay, being welcomed by the Mayor of Looe, who is introducing him to the hostess of the neighbouring hostelry. On the far side of the quay is a boat with the other brother stepping from the boat on the quay, being assisted to disembark by sailors who have rowed them ashore. Quaint houses and shipping in the distance complete the picture.

The arms of Nicolas, Seigneurs de Claye, de Champs-Gérault, etc., are gules on a fess argent between three wolves’ heads erased, or; three martlets, sable surmounted with an escutcheon, bearing the arms of De Rosmadec, viz., first quarter De Rosmadec, second quarter De Montmorency, third quarter De Rohan, fourth quarter De Kergournadec, and over all an escutcheon, with the arms of Bourbon-Vendome. (Burke, John, A Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry … of Great Britain and Ireland, p 140)