STORIES BEHIND THE GLASS, by Richard Busby. Available from St Andrew’s Church, Corbridge and Forum Books. £9.99 (all proceeds from sales will be donated to the church). Softback.
THE result of two years’ research by the author, this book records not only the stained glass windows of St Andrew’s Church but also the people and families they commemorate. These include Philip George Gipps, who died after falling from a roof in Australia in 1884, and Elizabeth Gray, who died suddenly during a service in the church in 1930.
The fine glass of the east window of the church, made by noted Newcastle glassmaker William Wailes, is dedicated to the memory of Hannah Eliza, wife of John Grey of Dilston Hall, who died in 1860. Of their 10 surviving children, the most famous was Josephine Elizabeth, who died in 1906 and is best remembered as the social and women’s education reformer Josephine Butler.
Others linked to the church’s many 19th and 20th century stained glass windows include the Stephens, Edwards and Dixon shipbuilding families, the Reed brewing dynasty and many farming families.