Bishops Lydeard - North Aisle - Window 1 - Detail 9
Bishops Lydeard is a large village about six miles north west of Taunton in Somerset. At the heart of the village one can find the parish church of Saint Mary the Virgin.
There has been a church on the site since Saxon times. However the oldest part of the current church dates to the end of the thirteenth century. The church was heavily restored in Victorian times and was further embelished by Sir John Ninian Comper during the twentieth century.
The church has a number of stained glass windows which date from the 19th and 20th centuries.
This picture shows one of the nine panels from the window at the west end of the North wall of the North aisle which shows the events leading up to the raising of Lazarus; see John xi 1 to 45. The window dates to circa 1860. This panel appears to show the point in verse 27 where Martha is acknowledging Jesus as the Christ, as it says in the King James translation '...She saith unto him, Yea, Lord; I believe that thou art the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world'.
I am suspicious that this glass may have originally been intended for another window in this church or elsewhere. My suspicions have been aroused because the panels do not follow a logical sequence through the story, some of the panels look as though they may have been cut down to fit the current location, and in the centre lancet part of the dedication has been put on a second row.