Stained-glass Windows

Walk down the south aisle (so you are returning to the west end of the church, where you are entered), and you will see several stained-glass windows on your way.

Of all of them, the one that appeals greatly to the children is the Nativity window. It depicts the holy babe lying in a manger with his parents, Joseph and Mary gazing adoringly and three shepherds with crooks who have come to pay homage looking on. The lower panel shows the angel appearing to the shepherds in the fields with their sheep. The window is a memorial to the Revd Joseph Seville Roberts Evans and his wife Elizabeth. The window dates from 1901 and was funded by their surviving children.

The splendid stained-glass window in vibrant colours is the second from the east on the south wall.  It is a memorial to William Lees Evans, who was the son of the Revd Joseph Saville Roberts Evans and was a loyal parishioner and a churchwarden for 20 years. It was dedicated in 1888 and depicts the Parable of the Pounds, a fitting subject when considering the unselfish life of Mr William Evans, who was regarded as generous to a fault when alive.

The Saint George window is the third memorial window dedicated to a member of the Evans family and is situated to the left of the list of rectors and vicars on the south wall. This colourful and most interesting window is by Edward Woore of London and was installed in 1921 in memory of Lt Arthur Frederick Evans of 100th Squadron of the RAF, who was killed in action, aged 32, on 30 October 1818 in France.

The Purification of the Virgin Mary window is not as tall as the other windows along the south wall, as it is situated above the south door and is directly above the wooden porch. It is in memory of the Revd Lewis William Sampson, who was appointed vicar of Prescot in 1849, following the suicide of the previously appointed candidate, the Revd Charles Chapman, who never came into residence at Prescot.  The memorial window features the Presentation of Christ in the Temple, most commonly called the Purification of St Mary the Virgin.

The Leyland window, which is situated in the baptistery, is in memory of John and Elizabeth Leyland and was designed by Edward Woore of London, and is a fairly recent addition. When their son John Leyland died in 1936, he bequeathed the sum of £750 for a stained-glass window to be fitted in memory of his parents John and Elizabeth, however his family decided to add is name to the dedication for his work as a churchwarden and a Sunday School Superintendent. Also in the baptistery is the Parable of the Sower window, designed by Edward Woore. It is a memorial to the Driffield family. It was originally installed in 1938 and was positioned at the east end of the north aisle, but was moved to its present position during renovations in the 1950s.

On the wall of the south aisle is a small tablet headed with the words “The Byron Dole.” Below it reads: “£100 bequeathed by Ellen Byron, daughter of James Byron of Market Place, Prescot. The interest to be laid out in clothing and distributed yearly on the 9th October amongst such five old single women, natives of Prescot, as the vicar, for the time being should consider most deserving.” The year of Ellen’s death is not given on the tablet but burial records confirm that she was buried on 9 October 1872, aged 66.  She never married, and lived most of her life in the family home in Market Place, until her later years when she moved to Fall Lane (now known as Derby Street). The recipients of this dole must have been very grateful to Ellen’s gift of warm clothing before the onset of winter each year.