The Engraved Glass
Designed and engraved by
Tracey Sheppard, F.G.E.
The New Glass Screen: the central cross is formed by the twisted stems and thorns of a Blackthorn tree. The dead lower section gradually breaks into bud, flower and finally leaf in a reference to the Tree of Life and the Resurrection. The central bronze patch is engraved with the interwoven symbols Alpha and Omega. The words (Psalm 46:9) ‘Be still, and know that I am God” and (from Psalm 27:1) “The Lord is my light and my salvation” can be read both from the Chancel and the Lady Chapel and encourage a moment of calm and stillness during Communion and a reminder of God’s greatest gift to us.
New Glass Doors and Fixed Panel The words of Psalm 148 inspired this design: “Praise ye the Lord from the heavens: praise him in the heights”. The sun, moon and stars in the fixed panel above the doors very simply illustrate verse 1 but also may be taken as a reference to the omni-presence of God (night and day) and to the twelve disciples (12 stars). The doors themselves are decorated with the word “Praise”.
Psalm 148.9 “fruitful trees” There was a rich tradition of illuminated manuscripts in the early church and the founders of St. Nicholas in 1120 would have been familiar with these texts. It is with this in mind that the letters P and S have been decorated with
• the blossom, leaves and fruit of the pear tree (the pear
frequently appears in Christian art connection with the
Incarnate Christ in allusion to His love of mankind) and it is
thought that this part of Hampshire was once rich in
• oak leaves and acorns – oak is used as a symbol of strength of faith
wheat – the Bread of the Eucharist
and a vine – the Wine of the Eucharist
Glass Screen to the South Transept Psalm 36.9: “With Thee is the fountain of life” This screen, with the Lady Chapel on one side and the font on the other, makes reference to both the Virgin and the Living Waters of Baptism. There is a well in Wickham known as the Dipping Hole and wells or fountains have been used in Christian art as a symbol for the Virgin and are also appropriate symbols as the source of the Living Waters. This design is therefore based around a fountain which features the Holy Spirit in the form of a dove bearing an olive branch.
The ancient Christian symbol the fish swim through the waters of the fountain making reference to the faithful souls’ search for God.
The Lady Chapel Project is supported by the Onyx Environmental Trust (now known as the The Veolia Environmental Trust)