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The St Cuthbert Window

B2 St Oswald

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 Oswald (d.642), a Christian Anglo-Saxon king of Northumbria, who died in battle against a pagan king, Penda of Mercia. The large fifteenth-century standing figure of St Cuthbert, in panels 3-4c, is shown holding the head of St Oswald because it was carried in Cuthbert’s coffin when the monks fled Lindisfarne in the ninth century.