SHERBORNE ABBEY

The Great East Window

Sherborne Abbey - The Great East Window
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The Great East Window is by Clayton and Bell and was installed during the 1856-58 restoration at the expense of George Wingfield Digby.  The window is divided into three elements by two heavy mullions, which are themselves arranged in a sequence to tell a story from the Passion.  There are 'The Entry into Jerusalem', 'The Betrayal', 'Christ before Pilate', 'The Procession to Calvary','The Crucifixion' and 'The Resurrection'.  Also featured in the tracery lights are the Apostles, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John together with St Clement with his anchor and two Celtic Saints, Sidwell with her scythe and Juthware holding her severed head.  St Sidwell was martyred at Exeter and St Juthware, who was highly venerated in medieval Sherborne, was beheaded at nearby Halstock and shown in the Sherborne Missal placing her own head on an altar.

Sherborne Abbey - The Great East Window - Celtic Saints

Sherborne Abbey - The Great East Window - The Betrayal

St Sidwell : St Clement : St Juthware

The Betrayal

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