Windows in Shimpling Church
Reformation all the windows would have contained stained glass showing
scenes from the scriptures, pictures of saints etc, but with the
destruction of all church decoration, and ornament considered 'papist'
during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, much of the old glass
However, fragments of the original glass remain in
the tracery (the rounded sections at the top of the window) of the six
windows which have recently been repaired. These are the one behind the
font, two on the north side of the aisle and three in the chancel). Some
of the original glass (mainly fifteenth century) was missing, and where
this was the case either glass or a special type of resin has been
skillfully used by the restorers and painted to match the original
Other windows, two in the Hallifax Chapel and the East and West
windows are Victorian. The window in the centre of the south aisle was
the work of Henry Holiday, a well known Victorian glass designer.
The window directly opposite the main entrance was installed during
the major restorations of 1867 to replace the door which was there
originally. This was intended to compensate for the loss of the dormer
windows which were originally set into the roof , and which would have
allowed more light into the church.
Holiday Window (South window)
window is said to be the finest work of Henry Holiday (1839-1927), one
of the most important nineteenth century designers of stained glass.
The presentation of Christ in the Temple is thought to be one of
Holiday's first whole window compositions and provides an outstanding
example of the work of the Pre-Raphaelite Movement.
years the condition of the window had deteriorated to the extent that it
was in danger of collapsing under its own weight. The glass, which would
have suffered irrepairable damage, was found to be in excellent
condition, although there was evidence of distortion and
devitrification. Once it had been cleaned, the faulty sections were
replaced with new pieces matching the original glass in colour, tone and
pigment. These were then repainted to reproduce the line, style and
pigment colour of the originals. The window was recemented externally
and finally protected with isothermal glazing.
carried out by Keith Barley FMPG in October 1996, at a cost of £2950
raised by grants from the Council for the Care of Churches, the Glaziers
Trust and Suffolk Historic Churches Trust.
Hallifax Chapel Windows
There was always a chapel here, as shown
by the presence of a piscina(sometimes known as a 'kitchen sink') let
into the wall.
When the Hallifaxes
carried out major restoration of the church in the
1860s, they made this into their family memorial chapel. The Holiday
window which was originally behind the chapel altar, was moved to the
middle of the south aisle; the original tracery was left in place.
Two windows were installed in memory of Marion Hallifax who died in
1863, and Ellen Hallifax who died in 1878.
The window in
memory of Marion Hallifax shows Faith, Hope and Charity.
The window in memory of Ellen Hallifax who extended the village school
in 1871, illustrates the text ' Inasmuch as ye have done it unto the
least of my brethren, ye have done it unto me'.
Windows on the West side
Rich Victorian work depicting scenes
representing the Transfiguration and the Ascension by Baillie and Mayer