All Saints Church
Speke, Liverpool, UK
Village to Estate
STAINED GLASS WINDOWS
Come into our Church now, and have a look at some selections from our windows....
As you enter All Saints church at the back, you will notice above the Altar at the front the most magnificent stained glass window, the East Window.
We will end our tour at this window and see close up the beauty of the workmanship. It is dedicated to the parents of Miss Adelaide Watt for whom the Church was built.
When you walk up the main aisle, on your right are our Saints windows.
There are three Saints on the first window -St Werboroa, St Chad and this one, St David.
This window is dedicated to our first Vicar of Speke (1875 – 1906) Frederick Ball Watkins, who unfortunately did not see eye to eye with Miss Watt, which resulted in her attending Garston Parish Church for a time. Nevertheless Rev Watkins must have been popular with his parishioners who dedicated this window to him.
The second window shows three English Saints, St Alban, St George and St Edmund, and is dedicated to the memory of John Le Cendre Starkie who was the son of Miss Watt’s closest friend Ann Starkie, and her husband Frank. Mrs Starkie, Miss Watt and another friend Miss Steers sat separately in Church to take note of any absentees, who then had a visit from Nurse Pullen to enquire about the absence!
In this next photograph St George overcomes the dragon (evil). Not many people notice the dragon at the feet of George. Have a look next time you visit.
Up the Chancel Steps now, and into the Sanctuary. The next window we see has a Scottish theme as the Saints are Andrew, Peter and Helen, as Miss Watt spent a lot of time on her Uncle’s Estate in Scotland.
This window is dedicated to our second Vicar, Leslie Rimmer Paterson (1907 – 1939) and was mentioned in the Speke Messenger of January 1948. - "Mrs Paterson has been largely responsible for the design, and her generosity has enabled us to meet the additional heavy cost of the erection."
To the right of the altar is a window depicting St Anne, mother of Mary; the Virgin Mary and Jesus; and St Elizabeth, mother of John the Baptist. Ann Charlotte Amelia Starkie, to whom this window is dedicated was a loyal and devoted parishioner at All Saints Church.
To the left of the altar is a beautiful scene, of the angel at the empty tomb of Jesus. He is talking to Mary, the mother of James, Martha, and Salome who had gone to anoint the body of Jesus. This is a black and white study by Peter Moneypenny.
This window is in memory of Miss Watt, our patron who died in 1921. When she died, the oldest wagon on the estate pulled by the oldest horse, Turpin, and steered by the oldest worker, George Wyke carried her coffin to her Church. Her ashes are interred beneath the floor in front of this window.
The last stained glass window in here is on the north side, and it depicts four parables of Jesus: The Good Samaritan, The Bridesmaids, The Talents, and The Prodigal Son.
very handy to refer to when the Vicar is asking questions
in her sermon!
Now you are at the Altar; have a closer look at the East Window. You can click on the above photograph for a larger version. In the centre at the bottom is the Annunciation of Mary; above that, the Crucifixion, and above again, Jesus rising from the tomb.
All around these pictures many prayerful saints face towards the Cross of Christ, each carrying a symbol to give a clue to who they are.
The one on the left here is St Lucy who is carrying her eyeballs on a plate as she was blinded for her faith.
Along the bottom of this beautiful and colourful window are the words.....
‘Thou didst open the Kingdom of Heaven to all believers
when thou hadst overcome the sharpness of death’.
These windows are well worth a visit, so please try to come to one of our services or arrange to call in with the Vicar or Churchwarden.