Church Stained Glass Windows
recorded by Robert Eberhard - updated January 2020
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Stained Glass Windows at St Mary & St Helena
Elstow, Bedfordshire
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WindowDateLightsFirm DesignerSubjectsMemorialSource
EW (centre)18873Mayer & CoFaith;Charity;HopeBeds Mercury & Beds Times 7 Jan 1888
EW (L)18873Mayer & Co signedTJ JacksonAdoration of the MagiOctavious Wigram +1878Beds Mercury 19 Feb 1887
EW ®18873Mayer & Co signedTJ JacksonAscensionIsabella Wigram +1863Beds Mercury 19 Feb 1887
SAE18833RW Winfield & CoThomas W CammScenes from Pilgrim's ProgressBeds Mercury & Beds Times 2 June 1883
SA118822Ward & Hughes signedConsider the lilies of the fieldMary Macan +1881Beds Mercury 20 May 1882
NAE18853RW Winfield & CoThomas W CammAllegory of Siege of Mansoul, Diabolus & Emmanuel on either sideBeds Times 26 Sept 1885; The Builder 1886 Vol 50 p 351
NA11872C of 3Baillie & MayerDaniel interpreting dream of King NebuchadnezarBeds Times 6 Feb 1872
VestryE18912Mayer & Co signedSt Mary; St HelenaBeds Standard 30 May 1891

Location of windows

The coding system is based on that used in Nineteenth Century Norfolk Stained Glass by Birkin Haward. All windows are numbered consecutively from east to west in any north or south facing wall and from the centre outwards in any east or west facing wall. Windows of 2 and 3 lancet lights are shown as 2 and 3 light.
A plan and key from the book by Birkin Haward is shown below.

Coding system plan



In the column headed date, the date (without a + sign) is the date the window was made. In that column and in the column headed Memorial a date prefixed by a + sign is the date of death commemorated in the window.

Firms / Designers

The booklet Stained Glass Marks & Monographs published by NADFAS, 8 Guilford Street, London, WC1N 1DA provides details of makers’ signatures and marks and short biographical information on many designers and firms.

Main subjects

A reasonably comprehensive listing of subjects is provided, except in cases where there are many small scenes or many saints, particularly if the windows are high up. For reasons of space, the title ‘Saint’ has often been omitted, most commonly in 4 evangelist windows.

Persons and events commemorated

These are mainly recorded only as a cross-reference to documentation.