Church of St Nicholas, Longparish, Andover, Hampshire
AddressThe Four Seasons window at the west end of the south aisle
HighlightThe Four Seasons window at the west end of the south aisle
Artist, maker and dateJude Tarrant, 2015
Reason for highlighting
A special window for cricket lovers, who grew up reading reports of The Times, cricket correspondent John Woodcock. The new window marks the 250 year association of the Woodcock family with the church.
Inspired by the nearby river Test, the window meditates on the cycle of life as it moves through the seasons from winter at the bottom to autumn at the top.
An important aspect of local and national history is represented in a window in the north wall of the nave in memory of Major Lanoe George Hawker, VC DSO. He served in the Royal Flying Corp and was shot down and killed in aerial combat with ‘The Red Baron’ in 1916. The window was designed by Francis Skeat and installed in 1967.
An interesting glimpse into the early life of Jude Tarrant and fellow Bradford born artist, David Hockney is available at Not Just Hockney – David Hockney
Jude Tarrant (b.1957) was born in Eccleshill, Bradford and studied politics at Portsmouth University. She discovered her ‘vocation’ in stained glass when her husband-to-be brought home a discarded painted stained glass window. Suddenly there was the option to combine a lifelong interest in drawing and art, with a desire to use hands on craft skills. While largely self-taught, she also benefited from working with the glass-painter, Harold Thompson, who was working as a stained glass artist at Chichester Cathedral. Since then her career has blossomed with work on a wide range of new commissions, both secular and religious, as well as conservation work. She remains in Portsmouth where she works at Sunrise Stained Glass Studio, with her husband.