St Paul


All the glass in the clerestory is clear. The rest of the Victorian glass is by Clayton and Bell, who were Pearson’s favourite glass artists. Pevsner was not impressed and called the stained glass ‘a complete but uniformly dull scheme’, Yet the east window ‘is considered to be one of the best of the period’.

Nave: W end

Six lights, the 12 Apostles

The windows in the aisles are by Clayton and Bell, illustrating six incidents in the life of St Paul:

South aisle W

Two main lights. The stoning of Stephen.

South aisle centre

The left light shows Paul in prison, the jailer asking, ‘What must I do to be saved?’

The right bears the answer, above the head of Christ, ‘Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ’.

South aisle E

Two main lights. Paul’s shipwreck, the angel saying ‘Fear not’.

North aisle W

Two main lights. The conversion of Saul. The small top light reads, ‘Sinners shall be converted unto thee’.

North aisle centre

Two main lights. Paul addressing the Court of Areopogus. Top light reads, ‘Preach Christ Crucified’.

North aisle E

Two main lights. The martyrdom of Paul. Top light reads, ‘Be thou Faithful unto Death’

The other windows are as follows:

South aisle W wall

Three lights. The Comfortable Words: ‘Come unto me all that labour and are heavy laden and I will give you rest.’

North aisle W wall

Three lights. ‘Suffer the little children to come unto me and forbid them not for of such is the Kingdom of God’ The children’s faces are those of the Seely family.

Chancel: E end

Seven lights. The Communion of Saints with nearly 70 figures.

North choir E wall

Three lights, centre light of St Cecilia, the figure taken from an early crayon drawing of Mrs Emily Seely. Side lights with minstrel angels.

Lady Chapel E

Three lights. Our Lord’s Passion, Crucifixion and Resurrection. St Mary and St John occupy side lights.

Lady Chapel S

Our Lord’s childhood and aspects of His work and ministry.

North porch

There used to be glass here depicting the four major prophets and the four evangelists. Unfortunately it was destroyed by vandals and has been replaced with clear glass.