Stained Glass of Buckinghamshire Churches


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Window: 06, S aisle S (E), St John the Baptist, Little Missenden

Location in Church:
S aisle S (E)
Type:
1 light
Size (width x height):
3' 6" x 6' 9" or 1.07m x 2.05m
Subject(s):
"The Great Commission" when Christ sends his disciples to preach the Gospel to the world.
Subject(s) - Notes:
As well as Christ with his disciples, 4 other scenes, 6 Saints, and 10 other people (mainly Missionaries) are shown spread around the branches of the Tree of Life.
Date Faculty Granted:
1938
Date Made:
1939
Craftsmen:
Craftsman - Notes:
Both of the matching S windows in the S Aisle were designed by G E R Smith and have a similar theme, based on a tree. They were both dedicated by the Bishop of Buckingham in July 1939.
Sources for Dates & Craftsmen:
NADFAS quote a Faculty Date of 1938. The Craftsmen are shown in many newspaper reports.
Dedicated to:
Mrs Jessie Griffin, died 3 May 1939. More...
Donated by:
Mr J Oliver Griffin, husband of Jessie Griffin.
Notes on Window:
The unusually wide single light shape of windows 06 and 07 dates from 18th century re-building work, and modifications done by the Architect Charles Marriott Oldrid Scott before the new glass was fitted.

 


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Overall View of Glass - shows figures and scenes on and under the branches of a tree.
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All Tier 1 - At the top the Holy Dove radiates golden rays. The scene shows "The Great Commission" where Jesus instructs 11 disciples to spread his teachings to all nations of the world. The text below is from Mark 16:15.
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Tier 1 - Closer view of scene. The disciples are looking out around the world.
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All Tier 2 - St Peter is in the centre, with a scene on each side of him.
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Tier 2 - St Peter stands in front of the tree trunk. He holds 2 keys in his left hand, and a fishing rope in his right hand.
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Tier 2 - LH scene - Stoning of St Stephen, who was regarded as the first martyr of Christianity. On the left are the Arms of the Province of Canterbury.
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Tier 2 - RH scene - St Gregory the Great, then Pope who sent St Augustine to evangelise the Anglo-Saxons in England.
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All Tier 3, showing 4 Saints.
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Tier 3 - St Columba, who spread Christianity from Ireland to Scotland. On the right are the Arms of the Diocese of Oxford.
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Tier 3 - St Aidan, who restored Christinity to Northumbria and founded the monastery at Lindisfarne.
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Tier 3 - St Boniface, who took Christianity from Wessex to parts of Germany.
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Tier 3 - St Paulinus, who was the first Bishop of York. Beside him are the Arms of the Province of York.
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All Tier 4, St Paul is in the centre, with a scene on each side of him.
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Tier 4 - Saint Paul stands in front of the tree trunk. He is holding a book and a sword.
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Tier 4 - LH scene - St Patrick is shown approaching Ireland, taking Christianity there.
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Tier 4 - RH scene - St Augustine lands at Ebbsfleet, converts King Aethelbert of Kent to Christianity, and then became the 1st Archbishop of Canterbury.
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All Tier 5 at the base of the tree.
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Tier 5 - On the trunk of the tree is the Shield of the Holy Trinity, shown with a translation alongside.
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Tier 5 - LH group with St Francis (and birds), Mary Slessor, Bishop Crowther, Henry Martyn, Bishop Patteson.
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Tier 5 - RH group with William Wilberforce, David Livingstone, Mary Bird, James Aggrey, John Wesley.
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Inscription to Jessie Griffin, who had been a missionary in Nigeria for 35 years, then lived in Little Missenden until she died in 1938.
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