Every now and then we discover something new in the history of St Jude’s Church. This summer we finally found out what was in the main East Window prior to WWII. Below you can see the existing window, with, from left to right – St George (Patron Saint of Soldiers), St Jude (Patron Saint of the Church), Jesus Christ, St Nicholas (Patron Saint of Sailors) and St Christopher (Patron Saint of Travelers but with the image below him of a WII fighter bomber – undoubtedly intended as a Patron Saint of Airmen). The window accompanies our WWII War Memorial and is a memorial in its own right.

However, alongside the image of the existing window is the newly found photo from 1930 – of a clear East Window! It was undoubtedly similar to our existing West Window in the final of the three image below.

We presume this means St Jude’s was originally a fairly low evangelical church in its origins in the 1870’s. As the 1930 image shows a canopy over the Table, it may have gone a little more catholic, including the war years as it chose the saints for the window, but maybe now, St Jude’s is back in line with its origins, a straightforward, simple, evangelical church- though now with a ‘charismatic’ twist 🙂

A full history of St Jude’s Church, “The Master Builders”, can be downloaded from the link below.

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