“Unto Thee lift I up mine eyes, O Thou that dwellest in the Heavens.”
The windows are the jewels in the crown of Holy Trinity Church.
The windows in the west end of the nave represent Faith and Hope. The windows are the work of Mr. B Powell of Leeds.
W1 “To the Glory of the Ever Blessed Trinity.
In loving memory of Sarah, youngest daughter of the late Christopher John and Frances Anne Geldard of Cappleside. Died April 20, 1878. An offering from her Aunt, Sarah Openshaw.”
W2 “Fight the good fight of Faith.”
To the Glory of the Ever Blessed Trinity. In loving memory of John, eldest son of the late Christopher John and Frances Anne Geldard, of Cappleside. Died April 9, 1893. An offering from his Aunt Sarah Openshaw.
A brass plate underneath records: “Also of Christopher, who died July 8, 1897, the third son of the late C.J. and F.A. Geldard.
W3 The 150 Anniversary Window, 1842 – 1992
To celebrate this event in 1992 the stained glass artist, Roy
Coombes (born 1930) designed a window based on the dedication of the church ‘The Holy Trinity’. At the top are the hands of God with 3 rays of light; below this is the Lamb of God holding the flag of victory; in the centre of the window is the dove of the Holy Spirit. These symbols are on a red cross and a background representing the ‘living water’ – a feature common in the Scriptures. The work was carried out by Pendle Glass.
W4 “The Guardian Angel” by Capronnier.
The text in the lower part of the window reads
“Their Angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in Heaven”
Inscription in brass. To the glory of the Ever Blessed Trinity, and in affectionate remembrance of their father and mother, Christopher John Geldard, of Cappleside, who died Feb 3rd 1869 and Frances Anne Geldard, who died Oct. 19, 1859. This window is lovingly inscribed by their seven children.”
W5 This window contains a representation of the raising of Jairus’ daughter.
The text in the lower part of the window says. “She is not dead but sleepeth.” “He took her by the hand and called, saying, ‘Maid arise.’
A brass plate underneath records: To the glory of the Ever Blessed Trinity, and in affectionate remembrance of Frances Anne, wife of C.J. Geldard, of Cappleside, who died Oct. 19, 1859. An offering from her husband.
The East window is of three lights.
W6 Left, The visit of the Shepherds.
W7 Centre, represents the Lord blessing little children.
W8 Right, The Ascension.
Underneath are the words :
In memory of domus Brown appellatae. AD 1862
W9 This window contains a representation of our Lord blessing little children, with the words, “Suffer little children to come unto me.” “To the glory of the Ever Blessed Trinity, and in affectionate remembrance of Frances Anne, wife of C.J. Geldard, of Cappleside, who died Oct. 19, 1889. An offering from her father and sister, John and Sarah Openshaw. Underneath is a brass, with the following inscription: “In affectionate remembrance of Sarah Geldard, youngest daughter of the late Christopher John and Frances Anne Geldard, of Cappleside, born Oct. 30 1854, died Easter Eve, 1878. In loving token from her aunt, Sarah Openshaw.”
W10 The second window represents the appearance of the angels in the women at the sepulchre, with the text. “Ye seek Jesus of Nazareth, which was crucified. He is not here.” To the glory of the Ever Blessed Trinity, and in affectionate remembrance of Christopher John Geldard, of Cappleside, who died Feb. 3, 1869. An offering from his sister Sarah Openshaw.”
W11 The first window on the south side represents the presentation of our Lord in the Temple. The scroll has the words, “Lord, now lettest Thou Thy servant depart in peace, according to Thy word.” “To the glory of the Ever Blessed Trinity and in loving memory of her dear Father and Mother, John and Mary
Openshaw. By Sarah Openshaw 1885.”
Two of the windows W4 and W10 are by Jean Baptiste Capronnier, (1814-1891) who was a Belgian, born in Paris. He is considered to be of some importance in the modern revival of glass-painting. His work is found in various churches in Brussels, Bruges and Amsterdam. Other windows by him are to be found in France, Italy and England. He won the only medal for glass-painting at the Paris Exhibition of 1855. More locally you can find windows by him in St Mary’s church, Long Preston a short distance from Rathmell.