Adam and Eve are shown opposite each other in the windows of the north- and southwest aisles of St Augustine's, Kilburn, London NW6, by Clayton and Bell (see Eberhard). A youthful Eve with rippling golden hair holds out the apple while the snake, twined round the tree beside her, flickers its forked tongue. Adam, one hand extended away from her, amid the same lush background of the Garden of Eden, looks at her with a serious expression on his face. What happens next is well known. The couple serve as a link between the story of creation in the great west rose window, and the body of the church, the nave where the congregation are gathered in a spirit of worship and repentance.

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Eberhard, Robert. Church of St Augustine, Kilburn, Inner London. Church Stained Glass Windows. Web. 25 April 2021.

Howard, Clare, and Simon Taylor. "The church and chapel interiors of John Loughborough Pearson: A selective assessment of significance." Research Report Series 26-2016. Downloadable from here. Historic England. Web. 25 April 2021.

List Entry: Church of St Augustine, Kilburn Park Road, London NW6. Historic England. Web. 25 April 2021.

Created 13 August 2020