Isaiah 9:6 – Stained Glass Window – St. Mary de Ballaugh – Ballaugh, Isle of Man
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“The Prince of Peace” is a quote from Isaiah 9:6 of the King James Version of the Bible which appears on this stained-glass window in St. Mary de Ballaugh in the village of Ballaugh.
Waymark Code: WM14T4T
Location: Isle of Man
Date Posted: 08/19/2021
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member Outspoken1
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“The Prince of Peace” is a quote from Isaiah 9:6 of the King James Version of the Bible which appears on left-hand light of the large east window in St. Mary de Ballaugh in the village of Ballaugh. The window depicts The Nativity. (visit link)

The quote appears below The Nativity scene across the centre of this gothic style light in the east window of the church.

The Bible verse in full is quoted below:

“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son
is given: and the government shall be upon
his shoulder: and his name shall be called
Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God,
The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace”

(visit link)

Appropriately at the top of there is the Greek letter Alpha

This window is one of several in this church with fine stained-glass which adds considerably to its beauty and attractiveness.

This church was built between 1830 and 1832 to succeed an old church at The Cronk, to the North, which was felt to be too small and too distant from the main centre of population in the Parish.

The new church is indeed much closer to the centre of the modern village and as originally designed had the capacity to seat 600, although this has now been reduced by the rear of the nave being converted into a meeting room, a kitchen, and toilets.

The pinnacles on the church and the gateposts, were intended to prevent the Devil from sitting on the building or its gateposts.

The church was built in local stone to a designed by Joseph Hanson and Edward Welch which is a restrained Early English Gothic Revival.

St. Mary’s is a nave church with a commanding square buttressed tower, housing three bells, which is topped by an octagonal lantern, which is a design unique to the Island.

Sir John Betjeman likened the tower to the much taller Boston Stump in Lincolnshire. Both a tall lantern or drum without a parapet and the drum has small diagonal buttressed and tall pinnacles.

The church is surrounded by a large graveyard where the Parish Memorial stands and nearby is a memorial bench commemorating the centenary of the ending of WWI.

Inside the building is a list of all the fighting who fought in WWI which can be found below the gallery across the west end of the church. Below this gallery a collection of flags hang and the plaster walls have inscriptions from the Bible round them.

The gallery was used as a Sunday School up until 1910 and the opening of the nearby church. Access to the gallery was blocked off in 1966.

The interior is relatively wide when compared to many Manx churches and this results in a feeling of spaciousness which is enhanced by the white wall plain windows. There are box pews on either side and down the middle of the nave. It is alleged by some authorities that the box pews are original but other claim they are Victorian replacements.

The chancel is small in comparison to the nave and features a simple altar with a small wood reredos behind.

In front of the chancel is an angel lectern and white painted pulpit which is dedicated to the nineteenth century Bishop of Sodor and Man – Rowley Hill.

On the north wall of the nave is the highly decorated organ which was installed in 1879.

Many of the interior walls have memorials including several diamond shaped enamel memorials which share much in common with funerary hatchments. (visit link)
St. Mary de Ballaugh Church
Station Road
Isle of Man

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