Most large medieval churches have a Lady Chapel. These are separate chapels dedicated to the Virgin Mary.
In St Martin’s Church the Lady Chapel is used for the 8:00 a.m. Sunday Service, which is a 40-minute service without singing.
The window in the Lady Chapel depicts Christ showing Himself to his disciples after his resurrection.
The Lady Chapel is separated from the south aisle by a carved wooden screen with spaces carved out of it, shaped like arched windows, mirroring the real windows in the church. At the top of the ‘windows’ in the screen are decorations, including carved crosses.
At one stage there was a balcony built above the Lady Chapel, and you can just make out the shape of a doorway into the parvise chamber above the south porch.
In the left of the wall behind the altar there is another stairway that leads to a door high up in the middle of the south wall. This used to lead to a walk-way along the Rood Screen. When the screen was removed the door remained as a reminder of times past.
The second stained glass window depicts the story from Act chapter 9, verses 36 to 40. The bible tells the story: “In Joppa there was a disciple named Tabitha (which, when translated, is Dorcas), who was always doing good and helping the poor. About that time she became sick and died, and her body was washed and placed in an upstairs room. Lydda was near Joppa; so when the disciples heard that Peter was in Lydda, they sent two men to him and urged him, ‘Please come at once!’ Peter went with them, and when he arrived he was taken upstairs to the room. All the widows stood around him, crying and showing him the robes and other clothing that Dorcas had made while she was still with them. Peter sent them all out of the room; then he got down on his knees and prayed. Turning toward the dead woman, he said, ‘Tabitha, get up.’ She opened her eyes, and seeing Peter she sat up.”
The window was dedicated to Bessie Cardell in 1916. The inscription reads “To the glory of God and in loving memory of Bessie Cardell, wife of George Martyn of Tremadden, this window is erected by her husband and children dedicated on ascension day June 1st 1916.”
The stained glass window at the back of the Lady Chapel shows Christ addressing his disciples following the resurrection. This depicts the great commission from Matthew chapter 28. The text along the bottom reads “Go ye, and make disciples of all nations, and lo I am with you always”
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