St Mary Magdalene's, Dundee

The Chancel

Rose Window If we stand in the chancel and look west, we see our rose window. It depicts a crown of thorns with a burst of sunlit glory. The window was installed in 1979 together with the three windows underneath. The wooden cross is made of mahogany. Externally, the cross has recently received ten coats of stain and varnish to protect it against the elements.

The work was done by Allan Blow, who also painted the roof above the Sanctuary and the main church roof. However, his first job was restoring the pattern on the wall between the east windows. He did this with a child's paintbrush between November 1979 and April 1980. The original colours of the pattern were not changed — just washed. Once the washing had been done, he got to work.

All the windows were thick with grease and dirt. The walls were dark brown and the pillars black. Over thirty members of the congregation scrubbed the walls and pillars with "Vim" and boiling water. After that, they painted the walls magnolia. For a while, we were known as St Mary Magnolia's! The main ceiling and side roofs were also dirty brown. The choice of red caused a bit of a shock in some quarters but visitors to the Church have always found the colour scheme warm and welcoming. The east end ceiling was painted in 1981 and the main roof in 1983.

Ceiling above the Sanctuary