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The Windows

It is generally agreed that much of the glass belongs to the

14th century, and it was probably fashioned by a Coventry

craftsman. It is suggested that the various sections of the

glass were in different windows of the church at first, and

were assembled in their present form in the 19th century.

There are coloured fragments of mutilated windows, which

are surrounded by canopies of the 'Decorated' type, with

other canopies supporting kneeling angels in the two outer

lights. It is the central light which contains the finest glass of

all, portraying three figures from the Jesse window of

Merevale Abbey. Looking closely, we can see Asa holding

a sword, whilst above him is Jechonias with a scroll bearing

his name, and he is surmounted by David, who is seen

playing his harp. All three figures have vine-leaves and

clusters of grapes intertwined about them.

 

The uppermost section portrays St. Margaret repulsing a

dragon with a cross-shaft. On either side of the central light

there are two lights displaying figures of saints and set in

leaded quatrefoils. It has been suggested that these

formerly filled the recticular tracery of the east window of the north aisle. The topmost panel of each light depicts a

censing angel. Underneath these there is shown St. John

the Divine, St. Christopher, and a mutilated figure in the lefthand light; whilst in the right-hand light there are the figures of St. Paul, St. Bartholomew, and St. James the Greater. The colours of the robes of the figures and of the

backgrounds, namely reds, yellows and blues, suggest the

mellow richness of the renowned Fairford glass.