Christ the Consoler Rose Window Close-Up

The rose window high in the west end of the church of Christ the Consoler, Skelton-cum-Newby, dates to the mid 1870s and was made by Saunders & Co. to a design by Frederick Weekes.
Christ the Consoler is shown enthroned in a central position in a mandorla presiding over representations of the stages of life on the inner circle and people from all over the world on the outer.

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This church was designed by William Burges (1827-1881) for Lady Mary Vyner, whose son Frederick was kidnapped and murdered, aged only twenty-three years, by a band of brigands in Greece, during his Grand Tour. Lady Vyner had managed to secure a ransom which would ultimately never be paid and she spent the money instead on two magnificent churches, Christ the Consoler on the Newby estate and that of St. Mary’s, Studley Royal at Fountains Abbey, out of grief for her dead son. Burges was also the chosen architect of the other church. Christ the Consoler’s dedication and design reflect the feelings of a grieving mother and the church is covered in imagery reflecting her sorrow. The story of the murder is even carved into the stonework around the north, east and south walls of the chancel behind the high altar.

Christ the Consoler sits on the periphery of the Newby Hall estate, near Ripon in North Yorkshire is cared for by The Churches Conservation Trust, open daily all year round.

Samson carrying the gates of Gaza (Judges 16:3)
The font is a single block of white Tennessee marble, the cover designed by Burges
Chancel and altar with reredos and altarpiece designed by Burges. Lady Mary Vyner is believed to have stitched the frontal herself.
The sun sets on Skelton-cum-Newby, 17th June 2015
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