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The St Cuthbert Window

A3 St Edwin

This tracery panel was designed and made by J.W. Knowles under the direction of Rev. J.T. Fowler in 1886-8. It shows St Edwin (584-633), an Anglo-Saxon king of Northumbria. Initially a pagan, he married Ethelburga, a Christian princess from Kent, allowing St Paulinus (shown in panel A1) to accompany her as her chaplain. He also built a church in York, probably on the site of the Minster, of which Paulinus was made bishop. Edwin was later baptised by St Paulinus. He was defeated in battle by the pagan King Penda, so is sometimes listed as a Christian martyr.