The East Window

The great perpendicular (late gothic) East Window contains five panels (detailed above) of Mediaeval glass, on a much later background. In the centre, the crucified Christ, on the left, the Virgin Mary, - note the tears on her face - and on the right St. John, with his book (Gospel). St. Peter, with his keys, is on the extreme right. Though many writers identify the left hand figure as St. George, he is clearly the Archangel Michael, since he is feathered. He wields a curved sword above his head. The variable scale of the figures suggests that they come from different windows, or different tiers of an original window.

Originally these panels would have been surrounded by further designs: there is a tradition they were brought to the church in 1546, but no remaining evidence. We do not know whether the panels were made for the church and are the surviving remains of a complete window, (perhaps removed, stored and replaced when it was thought safe to do so at some point in the religious disturbances of the Reformation) or whether the panels were brought from elsewhere.