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Nativity Window, St Peter's Church, Staines

The Nativity Window at St Peter's Church, Laleham Road, Staines, Surrey, by Edward Arthur Fellowes Prynne (1854-1921), executed by James Jennings (Eberhard), presumably from the firm of John J. Jennings (1848-1919) of south London, for which Prynne was an "outside" designer ("Architects and Artists"). Installed in the south transept in September 1901. Like the east window, it was the gift of the church's founder and benefactor Sir Edward Clarke. The two windows were described by Sir Edward as being "as beautiful as any modern glass he had ever seen" (qtd. in Taylor, Souvenir, 13).


(a) The three kings in the left-hand light. (b) Mary and Joseph in the central light. (c) A shepherd boy with his offering in the right-hand light.

As John Taylor says, "It would have been unthinkable for a church of this size not to have stained glass windows" (Centenary, 13). These details show Prynne working in the PreRaphaelite tradition, with great attention to the natural scenes in the background, as well as to the costumes of the various figures present.

Other Stained Glass Windows in St Peter's, Staines


"Architects and Artists I-J-K" (see under John J. Jennings). Sussex Parish Churches. Web. 21 October 2013.

Eberhard, Robert. "Stained Glass Windows at St Peter, Staines, Surrey." Church Stained Glass Windows. Web. 21 October 2013.

Taylor, John M. Centenary Souvenir: St Peter's Church, Staines. Shepperton: Ian Allan, 1973 (brochure available at the church).

_____. Souvenir of the 75th Anniversary of St Peter's Church, Laleham Road, Staines. Shepperton: Ian Allan, 1969 (brochure available at the church).

Welcome to St Peter's Church, Staines Parish: A Guide to the Stained Glass Windows. Available at the church.

Last modified 27 August 2016