St. Mary's Church stained glass windows

Examples of the stained glass at St. Mary's Church, Osterley, Middlesex, UK, originally known as St. Mary's, Spring Grove.

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Information taken from "A History of St. Mary's Church, Spring Grove" written in 1981 by Mrs M. E. Lang, from a sheet provided by Sue Martin and from http://www.stainedglassrecords.org/Ch.asp?ChId=11448.

The church is a Church of England parish church, and was built in 1856. Most of the original stained glass in the church was made at the London works of Heaton, Butler and Bayne (of 14 Garrick Street, Covent Garden from 1866). Robert T. Bayne was the designer, and the church contains one of the largest and finest collections of his work.

The firm of Heaton, Butler and Bayne had its beginnings in 1855 when Clement Heaton (1824-82) and James Butler (1830-1913) entered into partnership. Clement Heaton had been a designer in stained glass with William Holland, of Warwick, who came to London in the early 1850s. James Butler, also from Warwick, was a lead glazier and glass painter. In 1862 they were joined by a young designer from Clayton & Bell, Robert Turnhill Bayne. After several moves of premises, in 1866 the firm was in a specially designed studio and workshop in Garrick Street, Covent Garden. Heaton had taken an interest in pigments, and had developed a wide variety of colours for the use of the glass painters. Bayne's son, Richard Cato Bayne (1870-1940), and his son, Basil Richard Bayne (1897-1953) in turn took control of the business. The firm continued until the death of Basil Richard Bayne at the age of fifty-six in 1953.

East window
The main east window above the altar "Christ in Majesty".
This window was designed and made by Heaton, Butler & Bayne, the leading stained glass manufacturer of the day, with Robert Bayne the designer. The window was donated by subscription from the congregation in 1864. It depicts "Christ in Majesty" surrounded by saints and the heavenly host.

We see Jesus being crowned on his return to heaven, having accomplished his mission on earth. Jesus takes the central place, surrounded by angels above and the elders, wearing crowns, as described in the book of Revelation. The apostles are gathered to witness the ascension of Jesus. Amongst them you will see Mary, his mother, with the beloved apostle, John. As Jesus had died on the cross, he commended Mary and John to care for each other when he was gone. Note the rainbow between heaven and earth, which has always been a symbol of God's blessing. Also, the cloth of Jesus' robe, which is the same as the one his mother is wearing at the cross in the Lady chapel window.
At the top of the main window, in heaven, are innumerable saints and angels, and every crevice has the face of an angel. In the top sections are depicted the Lamb and the four living creatures representing the four gospels.

Lady chapel window
The Lady chapel window
This window was also designed and made by Heaton, Butler & Bayne and designed by Robert Bayne. The window was donated by the original Patron of the church, H. D. Davies, in 1864, and shows the Crucifixion and the sorrowing Virgin Mary being comforted by St. John in the centre, with the Annunciation on the left and the visiting Magi on the right. The detailed picture below from the right-hand pane of the window was used for a church Christmas card in 2004.

Baptistry window
The window in the baptistry (West end)

Baptistry window another view
Another view of the baptistry window with different lighting (West end)

This window was a gift from G. F. Doubleday in 1864. He was a wealthy local brickmaker who lived on the diagonally opposite corner to the Vicarage in a house called "Arundel". This window was also designed and made by Heaton, Butler & Bayne and designed by Robert Bayne. The subject of the window is "Motherhood", and we see Mary as the mother caring for the child Jesus. At the top is a spray of lilies frequently users as a symbol of Mary. The four panels, from left to right:
  1. The Presentation of Christ in the Temple. When Jesus was twelve, Mary and Joseph took him to the temple in Jerusalem for the feast of the Passover.
  2. The three Marys at the the Sepulchre. Mary was open to God through prayer for her task as a mother.
  3. Dorcas. As a mother, she cared for his physical well-being, and provided his food.
  4. Anne teaching the young Mary. She also cared about his education and taught him to read.

Harding window
The "Harding" side window

in the north aisle by Veronica Whall dating from 1948. It depicts the Good Shepherd with angels.
It commemorates Edward Arthur Harding who died in a flying accident in 1946.

Memorial window
The "Memorial" side window

in the south aisle dating from 1949, also by Veronica Whall depicting Jesus stilling the storm and has 1939-1945 in the lower panel.
The scroll is a quotation from Isaiah 2.4 "and they shall beat their swords into ploughshares... neither shall they learn war any more"
The left panel shows a blacksmith beating a sword into a ploughshare, and the right panel is a harvest scene.
Transept window
The North Transept window "Suffer little children".
This window was made by G. Maile & Sons and designed by Arthur Walker in 1951 and is in memory of George John Cassio.

South Porch window
The South Porch window, showing the Publican and Pharisee,

is immediately opposite the main door. An original Heaton, Butler & Bayne window, designed by Robert Bayne in 1866.

West Rose window
The West Rose window
is plain glass, but can shed a very bright light throughout the church