St Samson, St David and St James, by C. E. Moore in St Martin's, West Acton, London. The three lights in this first south aisle window all date from the 1920s, so it would have been the earliest to have been completed, and is in memory of (first left) the founder of the parish and the first Rector of the church, George Spencer de Sausmarez (1855-1927). It praises God for him, and prays for his soul. The choice of saint here is unusual but highly appropriate: St. Samson was a sixth-century Welsh bishop and missionary, who was numbered among the founders of Brittany: he holds a model of a church in one hand, and by his feet is a tiny emblem a ship in full sail. St David, in the middle light, the well-known patron saint of Wales, is a suitable companion here — especially since this light is in memory of a Welsh priest, Charles William Frederick Jones. Next to St David is St James, in his simple pilgrim garb with a pilgrim's staff, holding the Scriptures — this right-hand light being in memory of Herbert Williamson, a Lay Reader.

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.

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