Left: Whole window. Right: Close-up of the Parable of the Sower at the top.

This north aisle window, often referred to as the Sower window because of the parable shown so strikingly at the top, is in the north aisle of Lincoln Cathedral. Ward and Hughes. After 1845: the window is dedicated to the memory of the Rev. Francis Swan, "Prebendary of this Cathedral Church who died Feb. 25 1845 aged 91." It was erected by his son Francis Swan. Three of the Gospels recount Jesus's Parable of the Sower, whose seed falls on different kinds of ground. It is a good way of remembering the Rev. Swan in his priestly role. Other roundels show the Prodigal Son and the Good Samaritan. The lowest one shows a priest at the communion table. It is a most appropriate memorial for a prebendary.

Closer view of the Parable of the Good Samaritan.

Photographs by Colin Price, reproduced here by kind permission of the Dean and Chapter of Lincoln Cathedral. Text by Jacqueline Banerjee. [Click on the images to enlarge them.]

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"Cathedral Church of St Mary and Cloisters and Chapter House and Libraries: List Entry." Historic England. Web. 26 November 2016.

Created 25 November 2017