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A 21st Century window for Saint Margaret's Church

CLOSED Miscellaneous Article


Published: Monday, 7th November 2011

The Diocesan Advisory Council (DAC) and our own Parochial Church Council have agreed in principle that the decaying stained glass window in the North wall could be replaced. Despite prolonged effort it has not been possible to trace the descendants of Mrs. Kirkpatrick for whom the window is a memorial.

Here is a draft design to replace the North Window by the pulpit:

The design is by Michael Coles, an experienced artist who has designed many important windows in London and elsewhere. He has a sound knowledge of the Christian tradition and symbols.

The provisional, uncompleted sketch is shown here as a basis for discussion and the artist will adjust the design to accommodate suggestions. So far the only general agreement is for a rainbow to be included. The design represents the four seasons and night and day with Saint Margaret and her symbolic dragon in the quatrefoil. The final version will need to be approved by the DAC.

The new window needs to complement the other fine examples we are fortunate to have in St Margaret's, especially the splendid East window and the unique stained glass window composition by Douglas Strachan at the end of the nave.

Everyone is welcome to make their constructive comments below.

It should be noted that funding for this window will be through private subscription and not church funds.


2 Feb 2012
Resident of Selsfield

Kay Coutin and her colleagues would like to thank all those who have submitted comments and made suggestions about the design. Unsurprisingly, some of... [please sign-in to read more]


31 Dec 2011
Resident of West Hoathly

8. What an ugly,ungraceful,clunky design - I can hardly believe it was submitted by someone who designs stained glass for churches-if there's nothing wro... [please sign-in to read more]


12 Dec 2011
Resident of West Hoathly

7. I agree with Alastair as I expect many do. Unfortunately most people's views will not be seen here but only surface in private conversations!... [please sign-in to read more]


30 Nov 2011
No longer a member

6. Given the current state of the economy and levels of poverty at home / abroad I'm disappointed that some people consider this to be a helpful use of m... [please sign-in to read more]


27 Nov 2011
Resident of West Hoathly

5. I like the lower half, and I don't mind the dragon and Saint bit, but the rainbow/sun/moon combo looks like a childs drawing!... [please sign-in to read more]


27 Nov 2011
No longer a member

4. I think it is a bit confusing with so many sections of sky, suns and moons, it's a bit busy.... [please sign-in to read more]


19 Nov 2011
Resident of Selsfield

3. The overall theme is cery appropriate & spiritual but I agree with William Buckley that the dragon distracts from the image of St Margaret. I'd prefer... [please sign-in to read more]


21 Nov 2011
Resident of Selsfield

Please note - the colours are just to give you an idea. A photo of the picture in the church was taken with a mobile phone which I enhanced using Phot... [please sign-in to read more]


13 Nov 2011
No longer a member

2. disappointing! let's consult some of the many artists in the village.... [please sign-in to read more]


12 Nov 2011
Resident of West Hoathly

1. I like the contemporary concept and artistic design depicting St Margaret above a 'green'rural idyll through the seaons,but could we have some cows an... [please sign-in to read more]


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