East Window

The window consist of five tall narrow lights, very beautifully proportioned, the stone work being one of the oldest features of the church and dating form the 14th Century.

 

The tallest light is 15 feet high.  In the centre light dominating the whole window is the figure of Our Lord in Glory. 
 

In the four other lights, four archangels are shown, one unknown on the extreme left, bearing a scroll and with a halo symbolising light.  St Raphael, on the extreme right is depicted equipped as a pilgrim with a staff, scrip and cockle shell badge.  In the two inner lights are St Gabriel, the angel of the Annunciation with a lily symbolising purity and St Michael dressed in armour and bearing a sword in his right hand and a balance in his left. 

At the head of the centre light the Paschal lamb is depicted and the other four lights depict the Evangelist: an angel
(St Matthew) on the left; an eagle (St John) on the right; a winged lion (St Mark) and a winged bull (St Luke).

Near the bottom of the centre the earliest Christian symbol of the fish is shown against the background of a group of symbols suggesting fishing (a net and green glass) and mining (four black lozenges) activities of Woodhorn and Newbiggin. 

 

The other four lights show shields.  On the left is St Bartholomew the Apostle showing the manner of his death.  On the extreme right is the coat of arms of the Diocese of Newcastle – a golden cross on a red background with a golden lion between the arms of the cross and three red castles.  In the second light from the left is the shield of the Bishop of Durham – a golden cross on a blue gild with silver lions between the arms of the cross surmounted  by a  mitre encircled by a crown - a reminder of the temporal powers of the Prince Bishops of Durham in former times.  In the second light from the right are the arms of the province of York –the crossed silver keys are surrounded by a gold imperial crown on a red shield. 

The East Window was restored in 2007, with much of the stonework renewed, by Abbey Glass and Classic Masonary thanks to the generosity of many organisations.

Stanley Murray Scott (1912-1997) Stained glass designer

 

For over forty years Stan Scott was the chief designer in the stained glass studios of Reed, Millican and Co Ltd of Newcastle upon Tyne and his work is to be found in many churches in the Northumberland, Durham, Cumbria and Yorkshire.
He was born and brought up in Sunderland, educated at Bede Colligate Boys’ School, Sunderland College of Art and finally at Armstrong College, Newcastle which was part of Durham University at the time.
During the war he served in the Royal Corp of Signal in Egypt for four years.  Afterwards he returned to Reed Millican (later joined by Messers Baguely & Atkinson) and in the following years produced many designs for decorative panels in ships, hotels, colleges and private houses, but his main and favourite occupation was deigning stained glass windows.
When making a widow, he used only hand made glass from Hartley, Wood & Co. of Sunderland.  This firm was renowned for its coloured glass of unrivalled quality.  The firm recently closed, but its glass making equipment became part of the new National Glass Centre in Sunderland University.

St Bartholomew's Church, Newbiggin by the Sea, Northumberland

Church Office, 80 Front Street,

Newbiggin by the Sea, NE64 6QD  
 

 

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