Warmington's Resurrection Window

He Is Risen

This article appears in the April 2021 edition of FiveAll magazine.  Since the article went to print, I have discovered the signature of the window's artist - T F Curtis.  Can you find it?  (Clue:  look in the bottom right hand corner)

Three exquisitely beautiful angels hold a scroll proclaiming:  He is not here.  He is risen as He said.  They form part of the ‘Resurrection Window’ next to the organ in the chancel of Warmington Church.  This stained glass artistry has inspired and delighted worshippers and visitors to the church since the window’s dedication in 1902.

The window was designed and executed by Thomas Figgis Curtis who took over the London stained glass firm Ward and Hughes in 1883. 

The glowing figure of the risen Christ is central to the window, with the signs of his crucifixion visible in hand and foot.  He is surrounded by images from his death and resurrection, including three crosses on a hill and the empty tomb.  Kneeling figures gaze towards him in wonder.

At the bottom of the window is this inscription:

To the glory of God and in loving memory of James Heys her husband who died January 15th 1899 and Elizabeth Kate her daughter died November 3rd 1893 this window is dedicated by Sarah Ann Heys June 15th 1902

James and Sarah Ann Heys lived at Rectory Farm, Warmington with their family.  Their daughter, Elizabeth Kate, died suddenly at the age of 36.  James also died suddenly, after being ill for a week.  The Peterborough Advertiser of 18th January 1899 reported:

‘Mr Heys came to Warmington 50 years ago as a farm pupil under his esteemed uncle, the late Mr Henry Mossop, and in 1871 he took up his residence at the Rectory Farm, Warmington Lodge, where he continued to reside up to two years ago, when he removed to the village, occupying the house formerly the residence of his uncle.  By his death, Warmington has lost a sincere and judicious friend.  Mr Heys had the welfare of the poor at heart, and it had been truly said that he never turned his back upon anyone in trouble or distress.  He was the largest employer in the parish and was always a kind and considerate employer.  He took the greatest interest in parochial matters, being an active member of the School Board since its formation in 1871, and from 1882 occupying the position of chairman of that body.  He had been chairman of the Parish Council since the Act came into force, and also district councillor.  In his capacity of guardian he was always a friend of the deserving poor.  He was a staunch Churchman, and for a number of years had well fulfilled the office of Vicar’s churchwarden.  He took the greatest pleasure in the duties of these various offices, and was noted for his regularity at the meetings.  He was well known throughout the district as a successful farmer and grazier, and his familiar person will be greatly missed both at Peterborough and Oundle markets.  His kindness and geniality endeared him to all, and both old and young will miss his cheery face and kindly word.’

Sarah Ann Heys lived until 1913 when she died at Elm House, Warmington.  The newspaper report of her funeral said she was ‘one of the oldest inhabitants in the village and one highly respected and revered, for she was a good friend, kindly neighbour and beloved by all who knew her’.

We remain grateful for the Heys memorial window which daily reminds us of the message of Easter.  Photographing stained glass is challenging but Alex Puddephatt’s photo captures its magnificence (above)

See also a short (3 minute) film on the Resurrection Window, launched on Easter Sunday 2021, featuring photos by Alex and narrative by Donald.  Simply click here


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