Seaham Seaman's Mission Church

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Seaham Harbour


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Status: Unknown
Type: Non freestanding
Location: Internal
Setting: Inside a building - public/private
Description: Screen
  • Other Canvas
  • Timber Oak
Lettering: Painted
  • First World War (1914-1918)
About the memorial: Reredos in the form of a picture in an oak frame. At centre is a picture of the risen Christ surrounded by angels in armour and (right) St. George. At the bottom is an oval wreath bearing the dates “1914-18" with crossed flags behind, and quotation from John’s Gospel on each side. Right across the top are the words “Death is Swallowed up in Victory”. The names are listed in a single column in the border down each side, with, at the bottom, (right) the “IHS” monogram and (left) the “Alpha and Omega” monogram. The dedication is in the bottom border. Lettering is gilded in a mix of fonts. The Artist's own description is-"Our Lord is shown as a Victor over Death in a halo enclosed by palm branches forming a central vesica, the victory over death being indicated by the usual banner. St. Michael is casting out the serpent and St. George has overcome sin in the form of a dragon. On either side we see St. Alban and St. Edmund as types of Christian warriors. St. Alban makes the full surrender to the Lord and St. Edmund offers his Saxon Crown on bended knee. The symbols of the two latter are seen on their shields. Guardian angels above hold martyrs’ crowns. At the base is a laurel wreath with the dates of the Great War and the Union Jack and Red Ensign and along the bottom of the picture the text “Greater Love hath no man than this that a man lay down his life for his friends”. The inscription on the frame above the picture is “Death is swallowed up in Victory”. It is unclear where this Church was or whether a successor Church exists. Local clarification would be welcome.
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Death is swallowed up in Victory/[26 names of seamen and 6 names of Mission workers]/Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends./To the Glory of God and in grateful memory of/the Men of Seaham who gave their lives at sea during the Great War/and also of Seamen and Mission Workers killed in action or who died from injuries/received on active service 1914-1918

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