St Ambrose and St Augustine, and St Christopher, by C. E. Moore in St Martin's, West Acton, London. The window with the two saints together dates from 1954. Here, St Augustine is seen baptising St. Ambrose, though it is usually said that it was St Ambrose, the fourth-century Bishop of Milan, who baptised St Augustine. St Ambrose has been described as a small and intense man, and St Augustine tells us in his Confessions about his meetings with him: he admired him for his learning and devotion, and was influenced by him (see Miller). The lancet showing St Christopher wading through the river with the Christ-child on his back, the child looking solemn and nicely picked out in red, dates from 1945.

These two lancets are the second and third from the left in the row of west windows in the church's welcome area. St Martin's has a very fine set of stained glass by the firm of C. E. Moore, covering quite a span of years, but all complementing each other splendidly.

Photograph by John Salmon, text and formatting by Jacqueline Banerjee. Photograph reproduced here by kind permission of the Rev. Nicholas Henderson. It 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 the image to enlarge it.

Related Material


Eberhard, Robert. "St Martin's, West Acton." Church Stained Glass Windows. Web. 1 July 2017.

Miller, Fr. Don. "St Ambrose." Franciscan Media. Web. 1 July 2017.

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