Left: Whole window. Right: Right-hand panel. [Click on the images to enlarge them.]
Palm Sunday Window, attributed to Heaton & Butler, in the north aisle of St James' Church, Weybridge, Surrey. The whole window depicts the scene in which Jesus enters Jerusalem in triumph shortly before his crucifixion, riding on an ass ("and a colt with her," Matthew 21: 2), and is greeted as a hero by people who strew clothes on the route and wave branches of palm, in a traditional sign of victory. A richly-coloured and -trimmed garment is being laid down by one of the men at the right, showing off Heaton's palette to its full advantage (see "Heaton, Butler & Bayne").
St Peter can be seen holding his key in the middle of the left-hand panel, and there are several children. The palm also represents eternal life, making this a particularly suitable subject for a memorial window. It commemorates the life of Mary Feetham, who died in 1859. The church has two other windows in memory of members of the Feetham family: a lovely window by William Wailes installed in 1851 in memory of Elizabeth Feetham, and the more complex south-east window, of 5-panels, by Clayton & Bell in memory of Thomas Feetham, who died in 1865. The Feethams seem to have been a well-established local family.
Photographs and text by Jacqueline Banerjee. You may use these images without prior permission for any scholarly or educational purpose as long as you (1) credit the photographer and (2) link your document to this URL in a web document or cite it in a print one.
Eberhard, Robert. "Stained Glass Windows at St James, Weybridge, Surrey." Church Stained Glass Windows. Web. 20 November 2014.
"Heaton, Butler & Bayne (1852-1953)." Gwydir Lliw Nghymru: Stained Glass in Wales. Web. 20 November 2014.
Last modified 20 November 2014