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Window: 04, Chancel S (W), St John the Baptist, Little Missenden

Location in Church:
Chancel S (W)
1 light
Size (width x height):
1' 8" x 6' 1" or 0.52m x 1.86m
St Birinus, and St Birinus baptising King Cynegils of Wessex at Dorchester-on-Thames, in the presence of King Oswald of Northumbria.
Subject(s) - Notes:
The window includes the Arms of the Province of Canterbury, and the Bishoprics of Winchester, Lincoln, and Oxford, which have all included Buckinghamshire at some time in the last 14 centuries. St Birinus's own mitre represents Dorchester-on-Thames, where Birinus was made the first Bishop of the West Saxons in 635.
Date Faculty Granted:
29 November 1937
Date Made:
Craftsman - Notes:
This is one of 4 windows dedicated in May 1938 that were all designed by G E R Smith. Later he designed another 7 windows for the church.
Sources for Dates & Craftsmen:
Makers Mark
Donated by:
Usually reported to have been the gift of an anonymous donor. However the Bucks Examiner of 13 May 1938 states "This is a memorial gift of Mr and Mrs Roberts, who were associated with the parish, and the gift is from a resident of Jersey".
Makers Mark on Window:
Notes on Window:
The window is in a 14th century light which has been extended downwards to form a sedile, or seat. The glass is an important record of the church's history from 635 when Birinus was sent to Wessex as a Missionary, 38 years after Augustine had been sent to Kent, becoming the first Archbishop of Canterbury in 597.


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Detail of St Birinus who was French, and was sent to England by the Pope.
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St Birinus with the boat in the background that brought him to England in 635.
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Base of window
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Scene showing St Birinus baptizing King Cynegils of the West Saxons, witnessed by King Oswald of Northumbria.
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Makers Mark: GER Smith (DEL) A K Nicholson Stained Glass Studios

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