St Martin's Church

North Perrott, Somerset

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Stained Glass Memorial Windows

‘O Sing unto the Lord a new song for he hath done marvellous things. With his own right hand and with his holy arm; hath he gotten himself the victory.

 

Praise the Lord upon the harp:  sing to the harp with a psalm of thanksgiving.

 

With trumpet also and shawms: O show yourselves joyful before the Lord the King.’

The four-light stained glass windows in the north and south transepts are dedicated ‘In loving memory of Jane Blanche Somerville Hoskyns from her husband and children 1896’. In the north window we see Christ the King lauded by many angels with harps and other instruments, and with St Michael below. This calls to mind psalm 98 which declares:

The south window would appear to celebrate kindness and hospitality with its pictures of those who are in need being succoured, and in three cases not being turned away from the door.

 

The stained glass window nearest the altar is a memorial to Admiral Sir Anthony Hiley Hoskins and his wife Dorothea; the two panels depict Christ calming the waters (Luke 8 v.24)) and Christ walking on the waters of the Sea of Galilee (Matthew 14 v.25).

 

A small brass plaque in the east wall of the north transept records the accidental ramming and sinking, with the loss of 358 crew, of Sir Anthony Hoskins’ flagship HMS Victoria by HMS Camperdown in 1893. His flag was retrieved from the water and presented at his funeral. (The flag was hung in the church, but is at present awaiting repair.)

 

Other memorial plaques to members of the Hoskyns family are to be found on the west wall of the north transept, and there is a memorial on the south wall of the nave to Godfrey Raper, former steward of the Manor and author of The Story of a Country Village, which is about North Perrott.

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