Stained glass window smashed in WW2 is refitted at St Mary's Church Beddington

Sutton Guardian: Restored: The Hamilton window was in pieces for 70 years Restored: The Hamilton window was in pieces for 70 years

A stained glass window shattered in WW2 has been restored to its former glory.

It was blown out in 1944 along with all the other windows on the south and east side of St Mary’s Church, Beddington.

The 3m high, 1.5m wide pane was a key feature of the building, looking over the chancel surrounding the altar.

It is unclear where the smashed pieces were kept directly after the war.

But the church warden believes they have sat on top of a cupboard in the clergy’s vectory since the 50’s or 60’s.

The window features a striking image of Jesus as the good shepherd, as well as a tribute to Rector Hamilton who served at the church between 1849 and 1860.

Another section of the window is dedicated to Rector Hamilton’s son who died in 1861.

It is named the Hamilton window in memory of the two men.

Sutton Guardian:

Tribute: A section of the window commemorates a former rector at the church

The restoration work cost £14,000, and has taken place gradually over the past 8 years.

The churchwarden Christine Morgan, said: "We are absolutely thrilled it’s finally been put back in.

"Although the window has only been here a short period of time, it has fit right in and it looks as if it has always been there."

The work was part-funded by the Friends of St Mary’s Church, whose donations support the upkeep of the building.

A significant amount of money was given by members of the Whitehouse family, whose parents were part of the church's congregation.

It was refitted on April 29.
 

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3:02pm Thu 22 May 14

PAMELA_VERNON says...

I am sorry that our window has not featured in the copy of the Guardian which I have just received.
I am sorry that our window has not featured in the copy of the Guardian which I have just received. PAMELA_VERNON
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9:27pm Sun 8 Jun 14

PAMELA_VERNON says...

Thank you for putting it in this week's paper. Pam Vrnon
Thank you for putting it in this week's paper. Pam Vrnon PAMELA_VERNON
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