St Cecilia, St Martin and St Katherine, by C. E. Moore in St Martin's, West Acton, London. In these windows of the 1930s, St Cecilia is an ideal choice for the one on the left, which is dedicated to Maude Lewis Rayner-Smith, a member of the congregation who sang in the church for many years (the name of her husband Percy, who died only in 1974, would have been added later). St Martin, in the middle light which commemorates Ernest Alfred Brown, a churchwarden, is the saint to whom the church is dedicated. He is appreciated for his charity in giving a piece of his own gown to a beggar. St Katherine, more usually St Catherine, is seen on the right with part of the spiked wheel behind her, which was calculated to torture her for her faith, but which miraculously broke when she touched it. More importantly here, in a window given as a thank-offering "for the school of Robert Aske (1613-1690) in this parish," she was famous for her scholarship, and holds a book of scriptures.

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