Sir Ninian Comper
Sir Ninian Comper (b.1864 -d.1960) is noted as an Anglo Catholic and "flamboyant architect and designer". He completed work for both the Catholic and Anglican Church in England. He designed the East or "Brides Window" for Holy Trinity Church Coventry. Andrew and I fondly remember hearing many wedding sermons by the Reverend Tony Bradley, a previous curate and Associate Minister, during the 1990's in which he invariably brought the congregation's attention to this window and its' meaning.. It is a tribute to Tony that we remember the story so well :-)
It is not very clear on this photograph (with thanks to Lorna our friend in Australia who took this photo whilst visiting us in June 2003 for giving her kind permission for its use on our site) but the hand of God can seen on the the right hand side (as you look towards the window) coming down to hold the hand of the blue figure (a bride?) who is looking up with hand outstretched. (for a closer view of the window see below) The "Brides Window" was actually partly paid for by the brides who were married in the church after the original one was partly blown out during the Second World War.
My (Sarah) parents were married in Holy Trinity in 1953 and it is most likely, therefore, that their wedding fees contributed towards the cost of this window. Every time we look at this window we love to remember how our family contributed, albeit in a small way by my parent's wedding, to the cost of this window and consequently how much this church means to all the Davies family and ourselves.
His other work includes various other designs including rood screens, reredos and more. Find out more about this flamboyant man by visiting the external links provided below.
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PLEASE NOTE: These are historic pages of Holy Trinity Church and the church interior may have changed since our photographs were taken as they do not post date 2005.