All Saint’s Church, Winthorpe was commissioned by the Victorian architect Sidney Gambier-Parry for the Rev. Edward Handley, Rector of the church. Eleven stained glass windows were fitted in the Chancel, south Aisle, Baptistery and the rear of the north Aisle. The windows were made by Clement Heaton, James Butler and Robert T. Bayne, one of England's leading firms of Gothic Revival stained glass manufacturers. Founded in 1855 and still continuing, they established their studio a decade later in Covent Garden, London.
The most notable window in the church is above the altar. This was presented by Mrs. Edward Gordon, daughter of a late Rector of this church and is a memorial to CASSANDRA HANDLEY who died 1859, wife of Rev. Charles Richard Handley 1786-1873.
The window, which is divided into three sections, shows Our Lord surrounded by some of His Saints.
Under Our Lord's throne are the words:-
‘Blessings, Honour, Glory and Power.'
Of the twelve apostles, appointed by Jesus, eight are shown in the East window.
The Saints on the LH window are:-
James and his brother John, Bartholomew and Matthew – Apostles of Jesus.
Blessed Virgin Mary – Mother of Jesus.
Noah – A biblical story of Noah and the ark as told in the Genesis flood narrative.
Aron – Elder brother of Moses and a prophet of God.
Abraham – The founding father of the Israelites.
Isaiah – A prophet who lived in the 8th century BC Kingdom of Judah.
The Saints on the centre window are:-
Our Lord seated in Glory.
St. Barbara – An early Christian saint and martyr who died in the year 306. Her Feast Day is celebrated on the 4th of December.
St. Caecilia – Latin for Cecilia. A noble lady of Rome who suffered martyrdom in the year 280. She is the patron saint of musicians and Church music.
Saint Lucy – also known as Saint Lucia, was a wealthy young Christian martyr who is venerated as a saint. Her Feast Day is celebrated on the 13th of December. She is the patron saint of those who are blind.
St. Catherine – Martyred in the year 307 by the pagan Roman emperor Maxentius. Her Feast Day is celebrated on the 29th of November.
St. Agnes – A Roman girl who was only thirteen years old when she suffered martyrdom for her faith. Her Feast Day is celebrated on the 21st of January. She is the patron saint of the Children of Mary.
The Saints on the RH window are:-
Jude, Thomas, Andrew and Peter, also known as Simon – Apostles of Jesus.
St. John Baptist – Known traditionally as St. John the Baptist. He was a prophet and preacher and a relative of Jesus. After being beheaded by Herod, his head was offered on a plate to Herod’s stepdaughter Salome. His Feast Day is celebrated on the 24th of June.
St. Ambrose – Ambose was an archbishop of Milan who became one of the most influential ecclesiastical figures of the 4th century. He was one of the four original Doctors of the Church. His Feast Day is celebrated on the 4th of April. He is patron saint of Milan and bee keepers.
St. Stephen – A Christian martyr who as a deacon in the early church at Jerusalem was stoned to death by a mob following a dispute with members of a synagogue. St. Stephen's Day is celebrated on the 26th of December. His name appears in the Christmas carol Good King Wenceslas.
Solomon – Solomon, also called Jedidiah, was a king of Israel and the son of David and reigned from the year 970 to 931BC. Solomon was the builder of the First Temple in Jerusalem.
St. Augustine – A pre-eminent Doctor of the Catholic Church and the Anglican Communion and is the patron of the Augustinians. His memorial is celebrated on the 28th of August, the day of his death. He is the patron saint of brewers, printers and theologians,
William of Wykeham – William of Wykeham was Bishop of Winchester, Chancellor of England, founder of Winchester College, New College, Oxford, New College School, Oxford, and builder of a large part of Windsor Castle. His motto was ‘Manners makyth man’.
Pat Finn. April 2013.