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“St. Peter & St. Paul” Window, 1933 (Bray Memorial)
This third west end window was added in 1933, to complete a matching set, all made in the same style by Morris & Company. The figure of St. Peter was designed by J.H. Dearle; that of St. Paul was a Burne- Jones design. The money was raised by subscription, in memory of Mr. A.H. Bray, a prominent member of St Paul’s for many years, and the window was dedicated on 21st May 1933.
The subject needs very little explanation – it`s an obvious choice, for a Church dedicated to St. Paul. He and St. Peter have always been linked together, as the two leading apostles in the Early Church, and as fellow-martyrs in Rome under Nero. Peter, on the left, holds the ‘Keys of the Kingdom of Heaven’ (Matthew 16.19), while Paul bears the sword of martyrdom. As a Roman citizen, he would have been executed in this way; Peter is said to have been crucified. Both saints also carry books, to indicate that they were among the writers of the New Testament.
The inscription reads: “To the glory of God and in memory of Alfred Herbert Bray who passed to his rest on the 22nd of August 1931.”