The Visitation Window

Visitation Window, 1980 – [Sherren Memorial]

When Miss Norah Sherren died on 17th March 1977, at the age of 82, she was described as ‘the senior member of the congregation’, having been present at the laying of the Foundation Stone of St. Paul`s.

She left a considerable sum of money to the Church, including £1,000 for a memorial window. This one forms a pair with the Annunciation Window: both were designed by Leonard Evetts, and this window tells the next episode in the life of Our Lady.

Immediately after the Annunciation, Mary spent three months at the home of her cousin Elizabeth, soon to be the mother of John the Baptist, and the two women rejoiced together over the sons they were to bear; Mary`s words of celebration included the ‘Magnificat’.  This story, generally called the ‘Visitation’, took place in the hill-country of Judea, which is represented by the rocky scenery in the background of the window.  Elizabeth is shown on the left, Mary on the right – notice the blue robe and lilies once again.

The inscription reads: ‘In memory of Norah Mary Sherren 1894-1977 and other members of the Sherren family. R.I.P.’  As with the Annunciation Window, his signature is just visible: ‘L.C. Evetts fecit. 1980’.

The window was installed and dedicated on the Feast of Christ the King, 26th October 1980.
[This was the last saint glass  window to be installed in St Paul's]

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