Stained Glass Windows

north side west

St Blaise

The westerly window in the north wall of the Church is also the work of stained glass artist Douglas Hamilton FSA (Scot).  It was the gift of Miss Eliza Ferguson in memory of her parents.  Her father, Henry, worked in the local wool mill, and Isabella, her mother, was a seamstress.  Thus the left panel depicts a wool worker and bears the text from 2 Timothy 2:15, "A workman that needeth not to be ashamed", and the right panel shows a seamstress with the text from Proverbs 31:27, "She looketh well to the ways of her household".  That verse in Proverbs concludes ".... and eateth not the bread of idleness".  The centre panel depicts St Blasius or Blaise, Bishop of Sebastian in Asia Minor who was martyred in 316 AD.  He was regarded as the patron saint of wool-combers and throat sufferers. He is still remembered in some churches on 3rd February each year.