Left: Whole window. Right: Closer view of the right-hand panel, showing women ministering to someone ill in bed.

The Good Shepherd and Women Caring for Others, Church of St Margaret, Bodelwyddan, Clwyd, N. Wales, by T. F. Curtis, designer for Ward and Hughes. c. 1880. In the south wall of the chancel, this three-light window emphasises Christian kindness, on the pattern of Jesus's own care for the sick and poor, and his injunctions in the Sermon on the Mount. One of the women at the sick bed is offering food for the body; the other, reading from the Bible, offers spiritual nourishment

The women on the left are helping to clothe the poor. The child receiving the covering is barefoot. Under the window run appropriate texts, and the inscription dedicating the window to the church's founder, showing that it was installed by her brother and sisters: "To the glory of God and in memory of Margaret Willoughby De Broke by her sisters Harriet and Emma and brother William" (see Crampin).

Photographs by Colin Price. Text and formatting 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 the Victorian Web in a print one. Click on the images to enlarge them.

Related Material


Church of St Margaret (The Marble Church). British Listed Buildings. Web. 27 July 2021.

Crampin, Charlene, ed. Martin Crampin. "The Good Shepherd and Women Performing Acts of Mercy." Stained Glass in Wales / Gwydr Lliw yng Nghymru. Web. 27 July 2021.

Created 27 July 2021