St James and St Paul by James Powell & Sons, with Biblical scenes below, in St James's Church, Yarmouth, Isle of Wight. "Side windows in aisles and chancel by Powell's" (Lloyd and Pevsner 305). Installed after 1880. St James, on the left (and shown more closely in the right-hand image), can be identified by his pilgrim's staff: the church is dedicated to him. St Paul is identified by his sword (the instrument of his martyrdom) and holy book.

In the lower panels are two New Testament scenes. On the left, Jesus is shown at the shore summoning James, who had been a fisherman, and on the right, St Paul is seen preaching, perhaps to the Corinthians, after his conversion. The text running across the top is from the liturgy for Holy Communion, in English meaning, "And he fed them with the finest wheat, and satisfied them with honey from the rock." This is very fitting because the window was installed in memory of Rev. J. D. Ostrehan (1810-80), who was Rector during the 1870s. He was a High Churchman who had been in India for many years, and was moved around a great deal there because of his views; but it is interesting to know that nevertheless he "was just as much regarded, and just as affectionately remembered, at Secunderabad and Vizianagram as he was at Yarmouth" (Penny 351).

Photographs and text by Jacqueline Banerjee. These images may be used 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 the Victorian Web in a print one. [Click on all the images to enlarge them].


Lloyd, David W., and Nikolaus Pevsner. The Buildings of England: Isle of Wight. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2006.

Penny, Frank. The Church in Madras: being the history of the ecclesiastical and missionary action of the East India Company in the Presidency of Madras in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. London: Smith, Elder, 1904. Internet Archive. Contributed by University of California Libraries. Web. 8 November 2017.

Created 9 November 2017