St Giles – Great West Window

As described on a plaque on the south wall near the window: “The west window was presented to the church by Frederick John Truman (Churchwarden 1933-1937) to the glory of God and in loving memory of his wife Melvina 21st June 1936”.

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Mr Truman was born in Lincoln, where he married Melvina Shelton in 1894. She was from Staffordshire but had been working as a housemaid for the vicar of St Peter with St Margaret in Lincoln.1 The couple came to live in Nottingham, where Mr Truman founded a decorating business in Palatine Street in about 1910, before settling in West Bridgford. Mr Truman was proud of his Lincolnshire roots, being for a time president of the Nottingham Lincolnshire Society.2 He was very active in bowls, connected with several clubs in the area, and served as president of the Notts. Bowling Association. At St Giles’ he was a member of the choir for over 30 years. Mrs Truman died in 1927 and Mr Truman in 1942 in his eightieth year.3

The window is by Harry Grylls4 and, in the central four lights, portrays the Resurrection scene in the garden. On the leftmost pair, an angel is shown in front of the empty tomb above the inscription “He is risen, He is not here”. On the rightmost pair the risen Christ is shown with Mary Magdalene above the words “Touch me not for I am not yet ascended to my father”. Above all, is Christ crowned, surrounded by angels. One angel carries the words “I am the resurrection and the life”. Elsewhere, from Psalm 68:18, is written “Thou hast ascended on high” and “Thou hast led captivity captive”.

A further light, on the left, shows Saint Peter. Above him are the words from 1 Peter 1:21, “Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead and gave him glory”. On the far right is Saint Paul. Above him, from 1 Corinthians 15:20, reads “Now is Christ risen from the dead and become the first fruits of them that slept”.

1. 1891 Census
2. Nottingham Evening Post 15th January 1929
3. Nottingham Evening Post 23rd March 1942
4. Church Guide from 1950s


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