Three of the windows in our 13th-century, Grade I listed Parish Church of the Holy Innocents urgently need attention. The West Window, over the Vestry, needs immediate repair or we risk having the damage and the costs increase dramatically.
The window is dedicated to the church’s first benefactor, William Howerdly. He established the Howerdly Trust to help care for the poor of the parish in the late 15th century.
This window is Victorian, late 19th century, and is often referred to as the ‘Baptism Window’. It shows Jesus being baptised in the River Jordan by John the Baptist, watched over by two angels, with a dove descending onto his head. The blinding light above the dove symbolises God’s voice saying, ‘You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.’
The estimate for the repair at this time is £3,734 + VAT. The Church Wardens will be applying to the Historic Churches Trust and other charities, but the charities almost always insist that the parish must match the monies they give.
Our Churchwardens would be very pleased to receive donations towards the costs of these repairs from anyone wanting to help preserve our beautiful church for future generations.
Tim Frost, Churchwarden ‒ 01284 787442 or firstname.lastname@example.org