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Fairford Church Windows

Church Window: 1 2 & 3 4 & 5 6 & 7 8 & 9 10 to 13 14 to 16 17 to 20 21 to 24 25 to 28

Windows 25-28 Twelve persecutors of the Church (the north clerestory) The little lights in the top four clerestory windows reveal the vision of exuberant horror conjured up in the imagination of the artist who designed these watching fiends.

Window 25: Wicked Priests

From left to right: 1. Annas offering money.

2. Judas feeling the money bag. Written on his breast is JUDAS.

3. Caiaphas, in profile, counting off thirty pieces of silver on his fingers.


Window 26 Light 2 Herod

Window 26 Light 2 Herod

Window 26

From left to right: 1. Probably Maxentius with the head of St Catherine. Note the lion's head on his breast.

2. Possibly 'The King of the Huns', with arrow and bow.

3. Herod murdering an innocent babe. Note EROD I on the hem of his tunic.


Window 27

From left to right: 1. Herod Agrippa, who killed James the brother of John, with the sword'.

2. The murderer of a saintly bishop, with two handed sword.

3. A woman-slayer. This head has no nimbus.

Window 27 Light 1 Herod

Window 27 Light 1 Herod

Window 27 Tracery Lights 4

Window 27 Tracery Lights 4


Window 28

From left to right: 1. Armed figure with bow and red shoes with the letters A-AMH on his belt.

2. Armed figure with the head of a male saint on his pike.

3. The back of a murderer of a bearded saint. The murder's belt is lettered PAL ONERONDEP. PMOLAM a rigmarole in which the word Nero is no doubt meant to catch the eye.

Window 28 Light 3 Nero

Window 28 Light 3 Nero

Window 28 Tracery Light 4

Window 28 Tracery Light 4