Stained Glass – South Aisle

Queen Victoria

The Inscription reads:

I can do all things through Christ that strengthen me. AMDG

In thankful memory of the life and reign of Queen Victoria.

This window is dedicated by the people of this church and parish A.D. 1901.

This is the first of the surviving stained windows on the South side of the church.

The second vicar of St Peter’s the Reverend Henry Baron Dickinson was so moved by the death of Queen Victoria that he wrote to the congregation from Rome on hearing the news. He appealed to them to mark the passing of this great monarch. This window is the result of that appeal. Only the top section within the tracery has survived the second world war.

We are grateful for the article below from the Streatham News (P5) of 30th March, 1901, submitted by John W. Brown of the Streatham Society.

QUEEN VICTORIA MEMORIAL WINDOW. – One of the earliest windows in memory of Queen Victoria is that designed for St. Peter’s, Streatham, containing three figures representing Self-knowledge, Self-reverence, and Self-control. Surmounting the bust of the Queen and the emblems surrounding it in the tracery are the rose, shamrock, and thistle. The window is from the design of Mr. G.V. Ostrehan. The idea is taken from one of Tennyson’s poems. These three subjects – self-knowledge, self-reverence, self-control – lead on to sovereign power. Mr. Ostrehan was the artist who designed and completed the Archbishop’s window in the chapel of Gray’s Inn, and also the paintings of the chancel screen of the artist’s church at Newlyn St. Peter, Cornwall. The work is being carried out by Messrs. Chater & Son.

A close up of the emblems in the tracery – including the rose, shamrock, thistle and what appears to be a leek for Wales, not mentioned in the Streatham News article.

William Mather Anderson

Inscription reads:

To the Glory of God and in Loving Memory of William Mather Anderson who entered into life eternal April XX 1882.

This window is placed here by a few loving friends

Where I am there also shall my servant be

[The inscription is unclear, and so “my servant be” is a guess]

This large central boss in the tracery is all that remains of this window.

Reverend P.I. Merton and T.C. Brooks

Inscriptions read:

In treasured memory of Rev P.I. Merton. Coll : Oxon

He sleepeth

To the Glory of God SM T.C. Brooks aged 33 years OB AP 28 1869

Unfortunately very little remains of these two windows located over the south porch. (not pictured)