Left: East window. Right: Central light, showing Christ as saviour over text from Matthew 8,, 25: "Lord save us we perish." [Click on the images to enlarge them.]

East window, St Paul, Holgate Road, York, by Heaton, Butler and Bayne, dating from the late nineteenth century or early twentieth century, because faculty papers (ref. 1906/22) in the Borthwick Institute show that there were originally three equal lancets as the main east window, but these were replaced by a single Geometrical window with tracery designed, according to the Inventory, by G. H. Fowler Jones, and glass by Heaton, Butler and Bayne of London. George Fowler Jones was a prolific local architect but he had retired in 1892, and Nikolaus Pevsner and David Neave ascribe the architectural work on the window to his son Gascoigne, who succeeded to his father’s practice together with his brother (175).

Left: Jesus with a little boy.
Right: Jesus with the "sinful woman"

The central light refers to Jesus's saving the disciples by calming a storm at sea. Flanking this dramatic scene are two other depictions of Jesus's mercy. On the left, Jesus is shown blessing a young boy, after having told people to let their children come closer to him. The text beneath it reads, "Come unto me," from Matthew 19, 14. On the right, Jesus is shown with the sinful woman, usually taken to be Mary Magdalene, washing his feet. The text beneath this reads, "Thy sins are forgiven thee" (Luke 7, 48).

This is a thoughtful composition with beautifully patterned floral quarries in natural tones. It was installed as a family memorial, with the names Mary, Sarah Elizabeth Peters, and Thomas Peters inscribed along the bottom edge.

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Photographs and first paragraph by Rita Wood, and perspective correction, formmating and last two paragraphs 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.


Borthwick Institute for Archives. University of York.

Pevsner, Nikolaus, and David Neave. Yorkshire: York and the East Riding. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2002.

Created 23 July 2021