In former days, stained glass windows were looked upon as ‘Books of the poor and illiterate’. These pictures helped people to learn of the scriptures and the lives of the saints and doctrines of the church. Though this is no longer so, such is the craft of the designs that we can learn much, and be reminded of so much of value, simply by looking and thinking upon what we see when we look through the window. The stained glass windows of St Peter’s are largely responsible for the special atmosphere created in the church. Richness of colour and delicacy of design combine to make the windows some of the best of their kind in the country. Installed after the turn of the last century, the windows come from two main sources – the three large windows on the sanctuary, the window in the Sacred Heart Chapel and the large window in the repository were made by the famous firm, Meyer of Munich, at a cost of £160 each! The windows in the nave are the work of Hardman of Birmingham. These have less vibrant colours but are stll a fine example of the stained glass makers craft.
Text: © Fr P Scanlon. Photos: © John Grimes