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Our Lady of Grace, Dearborn Heights, Michigan

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Building Name: Trinity Episcopal Church

Studio Name: Wippell, (J.) & Co., Ltd.

City: Alpena

Window Shape: 3 (arched)

Subject/Title of Window: St. Sidwell

Brief Description of Subject: St. Sidwell standing with a scythe, tree, and well.

Two features in this window speak of the death of St. Sidwell, c.685. First is the well, near which she was murdered, and then the scythe, with which a reaper beheaded her.

Sidwell was the eldest of four devout daughters of a noble Britton residing in Exeter. According to one account, upon her father's death her stepmother grew envious of Sidwell's large inheritance, and hired the reaper to kill her. This he did while she was near the well, occupited in her devotions.

Another account, however, claims that she was slain by a group of her father's pagan farm laborers. They not only resented her for rejecting their ways, but also for refusing to marry one of their number. This account accords to her the status of martyr.

Inscriptions: Saint Sidwell

Height: 87"

Width: 26"

Type of Glass and Technique: Antique or Cathedral Glass, Enamel Paint, Lead Came, Vitreous Paint

St. Sidwell
St. Sidwell

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