St Barbara and St Agnes, on the left of this lowest row, are both by Edward Burne-Jones, designed specifically for this window, in 1866. St Barbara is shown beside the tower in which she was immured by her pagan father. St Agnes is easily recognizable because of her lamb (indicating her innocence) and palm branch (indicating her martyrdom).

The next two female saints, St Radegund and St Dorothy, were also designed by Burne-Jones especially for the window in 1866. These two are also less widely known, although St Radegund is familiar locally as the patron saint of nearby Jesus College, which gave the land for the church (there is a pub named after her there, too). Part of the story of St Dorothy is that she met a mysterios child on the way to her martyrdom, and here is that child with angel's wings clearly visible. Finally, on the far right, is St Catherine with her book, the sword of her martyrdom, and maybe her wheel (though that is not very clear), designed by William Morris himself. He originally designed this figure for Middleton in 1865.

Photographs taken and kindly sent in by Adrian Powter, who retains the copyright. Text and formatting by Jacqueline Banerjee. [Click on the images to enlarge them.]

Related Material


"All Saints Church." Historic England. Web. 4 April 2018.

Jenkins, Simon. England's Thousand Best Churches. Rev. ed. London: Penguin, 2009.

Key provided in the church itself.

Tricker, Roy, and others. All Saints Church. London: Churches Conservation Trust, 2004 (like the key, kindly supplied by Adrian Powter).

Created 4 April 2018