The Alban & George Window

“St. Alban & St. George” window, 1929 (Chalwin Memorial)

This window was donated by Leonard Randall in memory of his nephew killed in World War I, and was installed at the same time as the large East Window, which was also his gift. This too was made by Morris & Company, but in this case it wasn`t a 19th century Burne-Jones design: it was by J.H.Dearle, who was currently designing for the firm.

1929 was also the year when major building work was done at St. Paul`s: the Porch, Tower, Baptistry and Choir Vestry were under construction, and these were dedicated by the Bishop of Chelmsford on 17th November 1929.  It appears that this window was dedicated on the same occasion and not with the East Window in September.

It forms an appropriate memorial to a man who died fighting for his country: the theme is both patriotic and military.  St. George (on the right, holding a red and white flag, and fighting the dragon) is the Patron Saint of England and of soldiers; St. Alban (on the left, with sword and cross) was England`s first martyr, and he too is thought to have been a soldier.  In the tracery, an angel holds the Crown of Martyrdom over their heads.

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