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The Parish Church of Immanuel and St Andrew, Streatham

Registered Charity 1131245
452 Streatham High Road · London · SW16 3PY  ·  Tel: (020) 8679 6888


IMMANUEL AND ST ANDREW'S STAINED GLASS

The 19th century Immanuel Church building had a number of stained glass windows, including large windows at the east and west ends. Most of these were sold when the building was demolished and rebuilt in 1988, and the only windows with explicitly Christian artwork remaining in the present building are in what are now known as the upper and lower rooms. These are the only part of the 19th century building that remains apart from the tower. This part was originally built as a chapel, although it was normally used as the choir vestry. When the church was rebuilt a floor was put in to provide an upstairs 'upper room' - hence what was downstairs became the 'lower room'.

The 'Faith Hope and Charity' window, now in the lower room, is the window that would have been above the altar had the room remained a chapel. There is also a tall window divided between the upper and lower rooms, the upper section of which (now in the upper room) has four small panels apparently depicting the four evangelists. The lower section (in the lower room) consists only of decorative panels - shown at the bottom of the left column.

Further down this page are photos of the 'Faith, Hope and Charity' and 'Evangelists' windows. Below the main pictures and in the left column are enlarged views showing more detail, and in the left column there is also more information about the 'Evangelists' panels.

At present the only window from the original building for which a photographic record is available is one of the smaller side windows, and this is reproduced at the bottom of the page.

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Immanuel and St. Andrew's Church - stained glass - photo of the 'Faith, Hope and Charity' window - (N06426a.jpg)
The 'Faith, Hope and Charity' window in the lower room.

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Immanuel and St. Andrew's Church - stained glass - detail from the 'Faith, Hope and Charity' window - (N0428a.jpg)
The 'Faith, Hope and Charity' window in the lower room - detail.
The words 'Fides', 'Caritas' and 'Spes' - Latin for faith, charity and hope - appear above the figures.

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Immanuel and St. Andrew's Church - stained glass - photo of the 'Evangelists' window - (N2042b.jpg)
The 'Evangelists' window in the upper room.

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Immanuel and St. Andrew's Church - stained glass - detail from the 'Evangelists' window (N2034a.jpg)
The 'Evangelists' window in the upper room - detail.

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Immanuel and St. Andrew's Church - stained glass - detail from the 'Evangelists' window (N2035a.jpg)
The 'Evangelists' window in the upper room - detail.

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A memorial stained glass window from the 19th century Immanuel Church (ImmanuelMemwindow2a.jpg)
A memorial stained glass window from the 19th century Immanuel Church.
Photo Copyright Jennifer Hull.

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Immanuel and St. Andrew's Church - stained glass - detail from the 'Faith, Hope and Charity' window - (N0429a.jpg)
The 'Faith, Hope and Charity' window in the lower room - detail.
The dove is a symbol of the Holy Spirit, who is also recalled in the red background, symbolic of fire.




Immanuel and St. Andrew's Church - stained glass - detail from the 'Evangelists' window (N2035a.jpg)
The 'Evangelists' window in the upper room - detail.


Immanuel and St. Andrew's Church - stained glass - detail from the 'Evangelists' window (N2035a.jpg)
The 'Evangelists' window in the upper room - detail.



The only clues to the identity of the figures in the panels are the symbolic 'creatures' with them. Tradition links the four Evangelists, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, with the four living creatures of Revelation ch 4 v 7 - lion, ox, human or angel and eagle. Unfortunately, tradition is not consistent as to which creature represents which Evangelist, but the first panel shows an angel - usually the symbol of Matthew - and the third an ox - usually the symbol of Luke. An eagle - usually the symbol of John, although it can be of Mark - appears in the second panel, but there is no clear symbol in the fourth - possibly wings, suggesting an angel or eagle. For further information visit
http://catholic-resources.org/Art/Evangelists_Symbols.htm .

Curiously, although since the upper floor was put in the panels are now approximately at eye level and can be seen easily, originally they would have been at the top of a tall window which could only be viewed from a steep angle and would have been very dificult to view properly.



Immanuel and St. Andrew's Church - stained glass - detail from the 'Evangelists' window (N2035a.jpg)
The 'Evangelists' window in the upper room - detail.


Immanuel and St. Andrew's Church - stained glass - detail from the 'Evangelists' window (N2035a.jpg)
The 'Evangelists' window in the upper room - detail.



Immanuel and St. Andrew's Church - stained glass - decorative window in the lower room (N0433a.jpg)
Decorative stained glass window in the lower room.


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