Mary and Martha
from Figures from the Old and New Testaments
Photo © Martin Crampin, Imaging the Bible in Wales
Series of four two-light windows windows along the north and south walls of the chancel with various biblical and historical scenes and characters. North wall: Moses with the Ten Commandments and David playing the harp, with Moses in the bulrushes and Ruth and Naomi below; Zacharias and John the Baptist, with Abraham and Melchizedek and the ascension of Elijah below. Along the south wall (from east): Mary and Martha, with Cennydd and Florence Nightingale below; Peter and Paul, with the calling of Peter and the conversion of Saul below.
firm/studio: Powell & Sons (Whitefriars) Ltd
designer: E. Liddall Armitage
Church of St Mary, Swansea
A further window in a matching style was added in 1978 on the south side.
Record added by Martin Crampin. Last updated on 22-08-2016
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- calling of Peter and Andrew; they are called away from their fishing-boat [Matthew 4:18-20; Mark 1:16-18]
- David as musician, usually playing the harp
- Florence Nightingale
- John the Baptist
- Moses (not in biblical context)
- on the way to Damascus Christ appears to Saul, who falls from his horse and is blinded by the light - the conversion of Paul [Acts 9:3-7]
- St Cennydd
- the apostle Paul of Tarsus
- the apostle Peter, first bishop of Rome
- the ascension of Elijah: a chariot, horses of fire and a whirlwind appear and Elijah is carried up into heaven; Elijah's cloak falls (or he hands it over to Elisha) [2 Kings 2:1-18]
- the meeting of Abraham and Melchizedek, the high priest and king of Salem, who brings bread and wine [Genesis 14:18-20]
- the patroness of housewives, Martha of Bethany; possible attributes: aspergillum, broom, bunch of keys, dragon, ladle
- the penitent harlot Mary Magdalene
- Zacharias, father of John the Baptist
A Short Guide to the Stained Glass Windows in St. Mary's Parish Church Swansea (Swansea: The Friends of St. Mary's, 2001 (second edition)).References
John Newman, The Buildings of Wales: Glamorgan (London/Cardiff: 1995), p. 581.
Painton Cowen, A Guide to Stained Glass in Britain (London: Michael Joseph, 1985), p. 226.
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Martin Crampin (ed.), Stained Glass in Wales Catalogue, University of Wales Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies, Aberystwyth, 2016.
http://stainedglass.llgc.org.uk/object/1600 (accessed 19 March 2019)