Stained Glass Windows
Vestibule Stained Glass
The vestibule features two stained glass windows: The Glaziers’ Window with the inscription – “presented by the worshipful company of glaziers, London AD 1912” and The musicians’ Window, with the inscription – The gift of the worshipful company of musicians, AD 1913”.
The Newton Window
Sir Alfred J Newton, Governor of the Honourable The Irish Society presented this window to the City. It was unveiled on 31st July 1912 by Mayoress, Mrs McFarland. The bottom five lights of the window depict the “Relief of Derry”, taken from the famous painting by Folingsby. It shows the famous ship, the Mountjoy, breaking the boom across the river and relieving the city of starvation. The Siege of Derry took place between the years of 1688-1689 lasting 105 days with approximately 10,000 lives lost.
The upper lights bear the name of the High Sheriff of Middlesex encircled with his Chain of Office. It also includes the sword and mace of London along with the Coats of Arms of Burton-on-Trent and Harwich. These were places connected to Sir Alfed J Newton. The window also depicts Londonderry Cathedral in 1688, before the spire was added in 1692, and the Old Exchange Building (former Town hall 1910) which is now the location of the War Memorial.
The Ballantine Window
This window was presented to the City by Alderman M A Ballantine, former Mayor and High Sheriff of the City, and bears his family Coat of Arms and view of the City in 1793.
The McFarland Window
Presented by John McFarland, Justice of the Peace, High Sheriff and Mayor of the City, John McFarland was responsible for the construction of the Letterkenny, Burtonport and Carndonagh Railways.
The Miller Window
The window was presented by Sir F Henry Miller, Town Clerk and City Solicitor. It was dedicated to the memory of his father, Sir William Miller J P M B (Mayor of the City) and to the memory of his grandfather Joseph E Miller, J P LB (Mayor of the City).
The Ellis Window
This window bears the Coat of Arms of Sir Whittaker Ellis, former Governor of the Honourable The Irish Society, High Sheriff of London and Middlesex and lord Mayor of London.
The Painter, Stainers’ Window
The upper light shows the crest of the said company and the lower light depicts an emblem of the craft of the painter, stainer.
The Waterloo Window
The upper light was presented by Lady Margaret Waterlow and Sir Philip Hickson Waterlow. It bears the Coat of Arms of Sir Sidney Medley Waterlow, Governor of the Honourable The Irish Society, High Sheriff of Middlesex and London and Lord Mayor of London.
The lower light shows the view of Carlisle Bridge and the city’s ancient Toll House.
The Carpenters’ Window
The upper light contains the crest of the said company and the lower light features the emblem of the craft of the carpenters.
The Scriveners’ Window
The upper light contains the crest of the said company, with the lower light highlighting an emblem of the craft of the Scriveners.
The Faudel-Philips’ Window
The window shows the Coat of Arms of Sir George F Faudel Philips. These are encircled with the collar of the Order of the Indian Empire. It features Sir George who was Governor of the Honourable The Irish Society, High Sheriff of London and Middlesex and Lord mayor of London. The centre of the window features a view of the Guildhall, London.
The Turners’ Window
The upper light bears the crest of the said company. The lower light shows a view of the ancient hall of the Turners.
The Ironmongers’ Window
The upper light bears the crest of the said company. The lower light shows the Red Hand of Ulster on a decorative shield.
The Girdlers’ Window
The upper light bears the crest of the said company. The lower light shows the girdle and stole presented by the company to King George V, worn by him on his coronation with floral emblems of England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. The maple leaf represents over-seas colonies and is decorated on the girdle and stole.
The Pewterers’ Window
The upper light bears the crest of the said company. The lower light contains craft emblems, a pewter chalice and a communion plate.
All the windows in the Council Chamber are decorated with acorn and oak leaf along with emblems of the rose, shamrock and the thistle.
The Mercers’ Window
This window overlooks the staircase and is comprised of eight lights featuring the Coats of Arms of the sovereigns who granted the various charters to the Mercers Company, and the Coats of Arms of the Honourable The Irish Society. The window also features views of important buildings connected with the company including the Mercers’ Banqueting Hall, the First Royal Exchange, the Present Royal Exchange and St Paul’s School Hammersmith. The window is approximately 15 feet by 12 feet and contains 24 Coats of Arms including the Arms of King James I, King Henry II and King Richard II.
Main Hall Stained Glass
The upper balcony windows were unveiled by Thomas Goldney, Deputy Governor of the Honourable The Irish Society.
The Skinners’ Window depicts the crest of the said company and the arms of the present master Francis O’Streeten Esq.
This window bears the crest of the said company with the upper lights showcasing the emblem of justice represented by scales to which the company were entrusted.
This window features the crest of the said company and the upper windows feature stock and salt mongers who merged with the company.
This window bears the crest of the said company. The upper windows feature a Golden Fleece which is a craft emblem and also a wand of mercury signifying “commerce”.
The Vintners’ Window
Bearing the crest of the said company, the upper section showcases Swans, depicting that the company owned swans on the River Thames for hundreds of years.
The Anderson Window
This window shows the Civic Arms and a view of Londonderry in 1914. It was presented by Sir Robert Anderson, Mayor 1915 –1919. The upper light was presented by the Company of Cuttlers.
The Watt Window
This window bears the crest of the donor A Watt, Esq, Thornhill, Derry and the lower light depicts a view of Londonderry in 1795.
War Memorial Window
This window was unveiled by Her Grace the Duchess of Abercorn on 27 May 1925. It was erected by Lady Anderson, Mayoress of Londonderry 1915-1919 along with the Londonderry Women Voluntary War Workers. It displays the division badges of the three Irish divisions and also includes cap badges and regimental colours of various Irish regiments. Famous battles and engagements are written around these windows.
This window was presented by citizens in 1913 to commemorate the Coronation of George V on 22 June 1911. The Centre window shows the Archbishop of Canterbury placing a crown on His Majesty’s head. The panel on the right shows the crowning of Queen Mary with the panel on the left featuring the Prince of Wales. Additional figures include Lord great Chamberlain, Dukes of Norfolk, Beaufort, Northumberland and Argyll, the Archbishop of York and Bishops of Bath and Wells. The window was made by Meyers of London.
Past Deputy Governors’ Window
Bears the Arms and the Crest of the Past Deputy Governors of the Honourable The Irish Society and was presented to the City in 1913.
Lower Balcony Windows
Light No 1 shows the Old Tower; St Columb’s Monastry AD 346, St Columba in the Oak Grove and his departure from Derry in AD 563.
Light No 2 bears the Arms of Richard De Burgo and Northburg or Greencastle built by De Burgo in 1305. Burt Castle is also shown with the O’Doherty Coat of Arms – Lords of Inishowen.
Light No 3 shows the Arms of Sir Henry Dowcra and his landing at Culmore. It also features the Arms of the O’Neill’s – Princes of Tyrone.
Light No 4 shows the Arms of James 1 who granted charter to the Irish Society on 29 march 1613, the Earl of Salisbury explaining the settlement to James 1 and four citizens of London viewing the proposed site for the new colony.
Light No 5 shows the seal of the Honourable The Irish Society and four citizens of London viewing the site from a hill overlooking Derry in 1609.
Light No 6 shows the Arms of Charles II, who granted the present Charter to the City of Londonderry on 10 April 1662. It also features the Blue Coat Boys on the Walls of Derry and the rebuilding of the walls in 1609.
Light No 7 shows the Arms of Christ’s Hospital and the shutting of the gates on 7 December 1688. It also features the Arms of the O’Donnell’s – Princes of Tyrconnell.
Light No 8 shows the Arms of William and Mary. It also features the Mountjoy in the act of breaking the boom 28 July 1689 and the subsequent arrival of the relief ships. The Arms of the O’Cahan’s are also included.
Light No 9 shows 1000 framed houses sent from London in 1609 marking the first prefabricated housing within the City, at a cost of £1,137. The window also features the centenary procession to the cathedral on the 18 December 1788 and includes a map plan of Derry in 1625.