St. George's Stained Glass Windows
Windows in Shimpling Church

Before the 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 was destroyed.

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 colour.St.Georges, Shimpling Windows

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.

The Holiday Window (South window)Holiday Window, Shimpling Church

The 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.
Over the 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.

Restoration was 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

Hallifax Chapel Windows Hallifax WindowThere 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
Tower window, Shimpling Church
Rich Victorian work depicting scenes representing the Transfiguration and the Ascension by Baillie and Mayer (1868+).

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