Adele Alphonsine Holman (1854-1885)
The stained glass windows in the south aisle are dedicated to Adele Alphonsine Holman.
Adele was the daughter of James and Adele Victorine Uridge (nee Gibbins), and the granddaughter of Henry and Louise Gibbins.
She was married to George Holman (1850-1932)
The windows show two female saints and are believed to represent:
On the left:
‘Faith’ dressed in a green robe and holding a cross.
Green is often used as a symbol of new life, and in particular the triumph of life over death – just as the green in spring overcomes winter.
This then links with the symbolism of the Cross – which points to Christ’s triumph over death, and the new life in Christ which Faith can offer.
On the right:
‘Hope’ dressed in a blue robe and holding an anchor.
Blue is traditionally the colour of the sky, and it was used to symbolise heavenly love.
The anchor was an ancient symbol of safety, and so of hope for the future.
In the Christian tradition these two ideas link together to suggest the hope of salvation and of eternal life, within the heavenly love of Christ.
At the top of the window, on the left are the letters IHS which represent Jesus in Greek. On the right are the letters XP – often called the Chi Rho – which represent Christ in Greek.
The two together are often referred to as one of the Sacred Monograms.
The window was designed by Savell & Young, Albany.