The South Aisle
The windows in the south aisle were installed in 1985. There are four windows depicting the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus, which came from St John's, Highbury, in London. We see Mary Magdalene weeping at the foot of the cross and St John leading Mary away to his own home. At the west end of the aisle we have St John and St Peter arriving at the empty tomb on Easter morning. Note the bats and the incense censer.
In between these two sets of windows are six other windows from St Peter-in-the-East in Oxford. When the church was declared redundant and became part of St Edmund's Hall, they were taken to the Stained Glass Window Repository in Ely Cathedral. These windows were made by Heaton, Butler and Bayne in 1875 and, like all the stained glass windows brought into St MM, they have been restored, releaded and refitted by Adam Goodyear in his studio in Huddersfield. In fact, they were his first commissioned work.
These windows depict the life of St Peter. There is first of all a splendid little boat riding the waves; Peter denying Jesus and the cock crowing; the women coming to tell Peter about the Resurrection (note the four poster bed and the elaborate Victorian stool with tasseled edges!); Peter preaching at the Pentecost; and performing a baptism. The final window shows Peter escaping from prison with the help of an angel. The sleeping guards lie in a corner as Peter leaves (note the candle). The strange order of these new windows was due to the condition of the yellow leaded windows which were originally in the south aisle. The glass diamonds were dropping out of the lead and the wind was blowing through them. They required immediate replacement.
This aisle also contains a picture of Alexander Penrose Forbes (1817–1875), who founded St Mary Magdalene's Church and was Bishop of Brechin (1847–1875). We also have a plaque in memory of Canon Francis Burdon, who was Rector from 1880–1908. It is a pity that this plaque is not on a south-facing wall because it is the most beautifully designed plaque in the Church. Like all the plaques, it had been previously kept in the porch and it was black and thick with dirt. It had to be taken to John Brown's shipyard in Glasgow and put into an acid bath to get it clean.
Finally, we have a tapestry of the Presentation of Christ in the Temple, embroidered by an unknown hand, donated by Mr Jack. The framing and restoration of the tapestry was assisted by the kind help of Dr Ian Walton who has been a constant benefactor to St Mary Magdalene's, assisting with the cost of curates and pastoral assistants for over twenty years.