In the south aisle adjacent to the font the window depicts the early life of the church ARCHBISHOPS Aborius (or Eborius) who was the first bishop of Eboracum (later York) known by name. Eborius is only mentioned as one of the three bishops from Roman Britain attending the Council of Arles in 314 This first council of Arles took place a year after the Edict of Milan, in which Christianity became a legal religion. The council was convoked by Constantine the Great.
Another of the Archbishops attending was Restitutus was a Romano-British bishop, probably from Londinium (London). One of the decisions reached was that Easter should be held on the same day throughout the world, rather than being set by each local church. (The other Archbishop, not shown, attending is thought to be Adelfius, from Lincoln).
Pictured between them is St.Alban is venerated as the first-recorded British Christian martyr, for which reason he is considered to be the British protomartyr. Alban is remembered for a meeting a Christian priest fleeing from persecutors and sheltered him in his house for a number of days. The priest, who later came to be called Amphibalus, meaning “cloak” in Latin, prayed and “kept watch” day and night, and Alban was so impressed with the priest’s faith and piety that he found himself emulating him and soon converted to Christianity. The local prince was not happy and ordered Roman soldiers to make a strict search of Alban’s house. As they came to seize the priest, Alban put on the priest’s cloak and clothing and presented himself to the soldiers in place of his guest. Alban was brought before a judge, when the judge heard that Alban had offered himself up in place of the priest, he became enraged that Alban would shelter a person who “despised and blasphemed the gods,” and later gave orders for Alban to be beheaded.
The window is dedicated to the memory of ALFRED WILSON DAVIES a long-time curate of the church who died in 1903.
This window was funded by the Rector, the Wardens and the Parishioners.