East Window - Images and History
© St. James' Church, Westgate & Garlinge
The design depicts in the five vertical lights the "Spread of The Holy Spirit" from Pentecost to the present day and in the two tracery windows, the final triumph of The Church of Christ - The consummation of The Spirit's activity.
Dominating the whole window in the upper half of the three centre lights is shown Pentecost, the Holy Spirit symbolised in the form of a Dove being surrounded by the twelve Disciples, each having on his forehead 'a cloven tongue like as of fire' (Acts 2.1-4).
The Disciples are shown with an upper room - traditionally the scene of the last supper - and in the background are the roofs and towers of Jerusalem. As a number of our Lord's followers are gathered together, the Eucharist is in their midst, for again traditionally the descent of the Holy Spirit was at a time when the Disciples were gathered for Communion.
The rays of Glory and Power that spread from the Holy Dove reach through the design into the five lights of the window, the two left handed lights depicting the Church in the West, the centre light the Church in Africa, and the two right handed lights the Church in the East.
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The window which was installed in March 1960, was designed by Mr. Francis H Spear, A.R.C.A, of Reigate and made in his studio at Coulsdon, Surrey. Associated with Mr. Spear in this work was Mr. George G Pace, F.S.A., F.R.I.B.A., Chartered Architect of York