PADIHAM: Tribute stained glass window to be rehomed

Mr Robert Ashworth is pictured with the stained glass window due to be reinstated into the new united church in Padiham. G200111/3

Mr Robert Ashworth is pictured with the stained glass window due to be reinstated into the new united church in Padiham. G200111/3

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A STAINED glass window made as a tribute to a Padiham soldier who was killed in the First World War is to be rehomed – to the delight of his nephew.

Two brightly coloured windows, of a similar design, had previously been on display at Padiham Methodist Church in Morley Street. When the building closed last year and the congregation merged with Ightenhill Methodist Church to form Padiham Road Methodist Church, the windows were taken out and refurbished by Pendle Stained Glass in Padiham.

They are now due to be installed at Padiham Road Methodist Church as part of redevelopment plans.

Mr Robert Ashworth (81), former owner of Ashworth and Son Tobacconist in Burnley Road, Padiham, is the nephew of soldier Mr Herbert Ashworth who was killed in 1917.

Following his death his family paid for a stained glass window as a lasting tribute to him and the former tobacconist said that he is pleased a new home has been found for it.

It will sit alongside the second window although Mr Ashworth said that he does not know who that belongs to.

“They are impressive and are worth seeing. At first they were put in the former Hall Hill Wesleyan Chapel in Padiham, then they moved to the Methodist church.

“The windows are about 6ft. tall and 3ft. wide. I think it was my grandma who left money in her will for it.

“My mother then took it over and had it commissioned. Both windows are very beautiful.”

The Rev. Denise Free said that the windows are currently in storage and will be incorporated into their redevelopment plans.

“One idea was to have them backlit so they would still be a focal point at the church when it is redeveloped.

“They are memorial windows and we will continue to honour that,” she said.