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Philip Webb
1831 - 1915


In the Lady Chapel:
Isaiah (Tracery)
John (Tracery)
Martyrs' Window (Tracery)

Webb also painted the Canopy of Honour above the altar


Matthew window obscured by the organ Matthew window obscured by the organ

The St Matthew window is practically totally obscured by the organ. The figure visible at the top of the organ is a rather grotesque St Martin statue.






The Chancel Clerestory Lights showing the Symbols of the Evangelists by Philip Webb

These were commissioned by Miss Mary Craven in 1871, and are a thanks offering for the recovery from illness of the Rev'd R Henning Parr and George Frederick Bodley.

The fourth window, St Matthew,is totally obsured by organ pipes. Below are the cartoons and images of the three windows, which may be clicked for greater detail.

Mark window and cartoon Luke's window

St Mark is symbolized by a winged lion – a figure of courage and monarchy. Mark has John the Baptist preaching "like a lion roaring" at the beginning of his Gospel. It also represents Jesus' Resurrection (because lions were believed to sleep with open eyes, a comparison with Christ in the tomb), and Christ as king. This signifies that Christians should be courageous on the path of salvation.

Luke window and cartoon Luke's window

St Luke is symbolized by a winged ox or bull – a figure of sacrifice, service and strength. Luke's account begins with the duties of Zacharias in the temple; it represents Jesus' sacrifice in His Passion and Crucifixion, as well as Christ being High priest (this also represents Mary's obedience). The ox signifies that Christians should be prepared to sacrifice themselves in following Christ.

John window and cartoon Cartoon of John's eagle John's window

St. John is symbolized by an eagle – a figure of the sky, and believed to be able to look straight into the sun. John starts with an eternal overview of Jesus the Logos and goes on to describe many things with a "higher" level than the other three (synoptic) gospels; it represents Jesus' Ascension, and Christ's divine nature. This represents that Christians should look on eternity without flinching as they journey towards their goal of union with God.

Matthew is symbolized by a winged man, or angel. Matthew'sSt. Matthew Symbol Window The St Matthew Window gospel starts with Jesus ' genealogy from Abraham; it represents Jesus' Incarnation, and so Christ's human nature.

We can only gain an unsatisfactory glimpse of the fourth window behind the organ pipes, and the window is further obscured by a rather grotesque statue of St Martin crowning the organ pipes. Unfortunately we are currently unable to trace a cartoon of the window, but a search of the internet has led us to a church in Cornwall with a very similar window designed by Webb. Click the picture right fo more information.