The St Cuthbert Window

B1 St Cuthbert

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 Cuthbert (634-87), an Anglo-Saxon monk and bishop of Lindisfarne. He is the subject of the window and is represented as a large standing figure in the lowest section, as well as throughout the narrative scenes, which show his life. Knowles has depicted Cuthbert holding the head of St Oswald, following a common medieval convention that arose because St Oswald’s head was carried in the coffin of St Cuthbert when the monks fled Lindisfarne.