Left: Whole window. Right: Closer view of the two panels on the far left.

The East Window of St Peter's, Hinton Road, Bournemouth, designed by George Edmund Street (see listing text) and executed by Clayton and Bell. This five-light window was installed in 1866 (see Eberhard). The dramatic scenes from the Old Testament below were carefully chosen to prefigure the New Testament scenes above. For example, in the middle, the episode of Moses and the brazen serpent is shown below the crucifixion. On the far left are four dramatic scenes: David triumphantly holding the head of Goliath, seen below Jesus's triumphal entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday; and Cain killing Abel in an Old Testament scene of sacrifice (the lamb lies on the altar in front of them) with, above, Peter cutting off Malchus's ear, in an attempt to prevent Jesus's arrest. Jesus, knowing that his life must be sacrificed, is intervening.

Closer view of the tracery lights, with the Holy Ghost as a dove, above censing angels surrounding the Lamb of God. In the lower lights are two churchmen of the day, probably the Bishop of Winchester and the Reverend Alexander Morden Bennett (1808-1880), the vicar who inspired the extension of the church — both churchmen being guardians of the flock.

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Eberhard, Robert. "Stained Glass Windows at St Peter, Bournemouth" (recorded by Brian Woodruffe). Church Stained Glass Windows. Web. 30 April 2020.

Created 1 May 2020