St Paul's South Croydon


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Reference WMO/270386

Address:

St Paul's URC

Croham Road

South Croydon

CR2 7HF

England

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Status: Destroyed
Type: Non freestanding
Location: Internal
Setting: Inside a building - public/private
Description: Stained glass window
Materials:
  • Glass Stained Glass
Conflicts:
  • First World War (1914-1918)
About the memorial: Mostly destroyed by flying bomb in 1944only a fragment was recovered for a replacement window. Description from church website: The five-light Window, designed and executed by Messrs. Wippell & Co of Exeter and London, has as its central motive a Calvaire in stone, surmounted by a crown and standing on a ground as of battle, which shows smaller crosses and 'blossoms red' with flowers, some of which, in lovely symbolism, twine round the pedestal itself. The extreme left 'panel' represents Abraham and young Isaac with ass and faggot and the hill-altar of sacrifice in the distance. Next stands St. Peter, fisher's net on arm, with one hand resting on a jagged rock. (This last happy touch, like the word 'jeoparded' in the inscription, was Mr. Macray's contribution.) Behind are 'other little ships' at sea. To the right is St. Paul, erect and leaning on the 'sword of the Spirit', with the whole armour of the Christian disposed around him. The background tents suggest at once his calling and the battlefield. The 'light' on the extreme right shows sweetly the dedication of the boy Samuel by his mother, Eli standing before the seven-branched candlestick. In the upper part of each outer panel, separated from the main figures by an ornamental fringe of grapes, are seen the motives of dedication and consecration on either side of the central crown - hooded Justice with scales and sword, and Truth with flaming torch. To left and right are representations of a kneeling novitiate keeping vigil by his sword, and of the same knight, his blade and casque laid down, being crowned with a laurel chaplet by an outstretched hand above. Over all broods the descending Dove of Peace. Amid this topmost tracery are found angels with palms and crowns - the compassing 'cloud of witnesses' - flanked right and left by the red Crusader's cross and that of the Knights Hospitallers of St. John. At the base of the Central Figure are the words, "Greater love hath no man than this” and the crests of the particular regimental units to which the nine belonged have been skillfully introduced at the foot of the panels. The Tablet, of Culin brass on an oak mount, bears their names in relief lettering. It has replicas at the corners of the Military Cross, the Distinguished Conduct Medal, the Military Cross again, and the Presbyterian emblem - the Burning Bush - in proper colours. Messrs Gawthorp & Sons of Long Acre executed the Tablet, and to our Mr. V.E. Gawthorp, F.S.A. Scot., the gratitude of the Congregation is due for his valuable advice and superintendence of the work of both Memorials from first to last."
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