Stained Glass Windows


The window at the easternmost end of the Lady Chapel shows the Annunciation of the Lord to the Blessed Virgin Mary.  The Archangel Gabriel announces to Mary that she is to be the Mother of the Saviour of the World.  Like many of the windows in the church, the uppermost elements of the window are constructed from fragments of mediaeval glass. The window includes verses from Our Lady's Magnificat (Luke 1: 46 - 55), from Psalm 91: 11, and from the prophets (Isaiah 7 :14 and Micah 5 : 2)


Adoration of Magi


Moving to the west, the next window shows the adoration of the Magi, with Our Lady and the Christ child in the central light with the gifts of the wise men at their feet.  The Magi occupy the other two lights. The dedication reads, "To the glory of God and to commemorate the many years of the office of Churchwarden held by him in this parish, this and the adjoining window in the Lady Chapel are dedicated by Alfred Tidy AD1908
Both these windows were made by T.F. Curtis, Warden Hughes

Christ the Light of the World


The next window is clearly a copy of the painting by William Holman Hunt, completed in 1851/3, which now hangs in Keble College, Oxford. This window was recently restored by the Friends of Borden Church.

The Adoration of the Shepherds


The gospels do not record how the infant Christ responded to the shepherds' attempts to charm Him with bagpipes!
The dedication reads, "To the glory of God & in loving memory of his beloved & loving wife, Rosali Sophia, born March 15th 1818, died December 1st 1900.  This window is dedicated by Alfred Tidy of this parish. Although, they are not signed by the manufacturer, this and the windows showing Our Lord receiving children and St Augustine baptising Ethelbert are almost certainly the work of Heaton, Butler and Bayne.

Of such is the Kingdom of Heaven


This window shows Our Lord happily receiving children as one of his disciples looks on with some disapproval in the background.  (Luke 18: 15 - 17) Appropriately, this window is sited by the font, in which children (of all ages) are formally welcomed into the Church today. The dedication reads, "To the glory of God and in memory of William Tidy, died April 8th 1870, aged 86 years & of Elizabeth Tidy, died December 30th 1879, aged 89 years.  Dedicated by their son, Alfred Tidy 1905

Them who sleep in Jesus will bring God with them


This window, in the west wall of the tower shows three occasions of initiation.  The left hand light show the Presentation of Our Lord in the Temple (Luke 2: 22 - 40).  The middle light shows Our Lord's baptism in the River Jordan by His cousin, John the Baptist (Mark 1: 9 - 11).  The right hand light shows the baptism of an Ethiopian courtier by the apostle, Philip (Acts 8: 27 - 39)
It has been suggested that this window is the work of Ward Nixon who produced some of the glass for Tunstall Church, but some experts believe that it is of a later date (c1860)

St Augustine baptising King Ethelbert


This was one of the key events in the history of the Church of England because, as a result of his baptism, Ethelbert gave St Augustine, the first Archbishop of Canterbury, the land on which Canterbury Cathedral now stands. The dedication reads, "To the glory of God & in loving memory of Richard Harman, died April 29th 1833, aged 84 yrs & of Mary his wife, died July 21st 1843, aged 82yrs.  Dedicated by their grandnephew, Alfred Tidy 1905.  Unfortunately, this window, tucked away in the north-west corner of the church rarely benefits from the sun!

North Aisle


This window in the north aisle, dated 1884, shows the Tuke family coat of arms, a griffin, and the motto, "Droit et avant" (Now also the motto of the First US Army) The dedication reads, "In memory of Sarah Helen, wife of Francis Tuke, vicar of this parish.  Died, June 1st 1873, aged 39, leaving 11sons and 6 daughters. (At this time, the vicarage had 28 rooms!) A small inscription in the bottom right hand corner identifies the manufacturer as Suffing, 143 Edgware Road, London.

Ss Peter and Paul


The final window shows the crossed keys of St Peter in the left hand light and the crossed swords of St Paul in the right hand light. The dedication reads, "In memory of Edmund Barrow, died November 13 1892, aged 77 years.  also in memory of Sarah, wife of Edmund Barrow, 22 March 1977, aged 48 years. A small inscription indicates that this window was also made by Suffing & Co