STAINED GLASS WINDOWS
Windows at the High Altar
“To the glory of God and in memory of all who served in her”
There is a window on the North side of the Church commemorating the valiant services of HMS HAVANT (H32) at Dunkirk, 1940.
The Robert Grant Window
There is a memorial window by the North door to Robert George Grant in recognition of 25 years as Chairman of the Fabric Committee of St. Faith’s Church.
Robert Grant was a local Chartered Surveyor who lived in the Parish for over 50 years and spent a considerable time arranging and instructing the repairs and maintenance of the Church, Church House and the Church Hall.
The window has been designed to encompass aspects of his work for the buildings and as a surveyor. In addition to the buildings, the red striped staff signifies the Fellowship of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors as their symbol and at the bottom of the window are a ruler (scale) and tape measure, being the tools of the trade.
The window uses many glass types from England and Europe incorporating both modern and traditional methods. The Church and Church House were photographed, scanned on the computer and then etched, shot blasted onto the glass then fired at very high temperatures. The window has been put together with the traditional method of leading with copper ties and glazing bars and faced externally with modern polycarbonate glass to resist vandalism.
The window was designed and manufactured by Venessa Cutler, a local designer and stained glass artist who was a lecturer in 1999 at Wolverhampton University, which is recognised as one of the leading universities in glass design and technology.
The Nias Memorial Window
The window was installed in 1992 at the West end of the church in memory of Christopher Nias, son of Fr. and Jaffrey Nias, who died at the age of 35.
The Latin is “Pray for Us”. Saint Bernadette is relevant as she was sick throughout her life and also died at the age of 35.
Dr. Gedge Memorial Window
The window was installed at the West end of the church in memory of Dr. Arthur Johnson Gedge who died 15 August 1927 aged 63 years by grateful patients and friends. His wife Gertrude lived in “The Limes” East Street until her death in 1957 aged 84 years. The window is dedicated to St. Luke, the Patron Saint of Physicians and Artisans which immediately indicates that Arthur Johnson Gedge was a doctor. The saint holds the wand of Asclepius with two twining serpents. This represents Asclepius, the son of Apollo, the god of healing, an appropriate symbol for Luke the Physician which is still used as a symbol of medicine to this day. The background and frame to the white glass is richly decorated with medicinal plants, patterns and symbols. Mistletoe is shown as, until the late 1980s a concoction of mistletoe was used as a treatment for epilepsy. Feverfew is to be seen in the lower half of the light. This can be a cure for migraine. On the right hand side cherry is found. This is a strong narcotic St. Luke is standing on a carpet of ivy. This plant was once used as a cure for corns. This memorial window was dedicated on 17 October in time for St. Luke’s Day to mark Dr. Gedge’s special place in the Havant community.
Kind permission of the Gedge family
This window is located to the right-hand side of the Sanctuary. It depicts the two ‘Great Apostles’, Peter and Paul. Peter (on the left) holds the ‘keys of the Kingdom’ in his hand, while Paul holds ‘the sword of the spirit’.
Our Diocesan crest includes a motif of crossed keys and sword – intended to remind us of the teaching of the Great Apostles. See “Pulpit”
This is situated on the right-hand side of the choir stalls. It depicts the three great virtues, espoused by St. Paul, of Faith, Hope and Charity (that is, ‘sacrificial love’). The three virtues are depicted as three women: ‘Faith’ (on the left) clutches and leans upon a cross. ‘Hope’ (on the right) gazes towards heaven. ‘Charity’ holds a child in her arms, with another at her side.