Commemorative Stamps feature Leicester Church stained glass windows

The stained glass windows depicting Masonic symbols from St Peter’s Church, Highfields, Leicester are to be included in a beautifully designed commemorative sheet of ten images of Masonic stained glass windows and Royal Mail stamps produced by The Masonic Philatelic Club, in conjunction with The Royal Mail. 

2017 marks the 300th anniversary of the formation of the Grand Lodge of England, the governing body of Masonic Lodges in England, Wales and Districts Overseas. To commemorate this event, the stamps and images of the stained glass windows are framed beautifully by a classic piece of Masonic art, forming the background to the whole sheet. The two churches whose windows are featured could not be more different, the first is St Peter’s Church in Leicester and the second Kingston Parish Church in Jamaica. 

St Peter's Church was initially to be erected in memory of the late Earl Howe, Provincial Grand Master for Leicestershire and Rutland from 1856-1869, who for many years was foremost in advancing the Church within Leicestershire and “beloved nobleman and worthy Mason” 

In 1875, the Leicestershire and Rutland Freemasons raised £140 for a stained glass window, as a Masonic memorial erected in memory of Earl Howe. The window which was installed by Clayton and Bell in the East end of the Church and unveiled on Easter Sunday. 

The windows contain the emblems of four evangelists. The subjects treated are: The Agony, the delivery of the keys to St Peter, the denial of Christ and the martyrdom of St Peter. There are also several masonic emblems denoting the various offices held by the late Earl Howe. 

An inscription also reads: To the glory of God, and in the affectionate memory of the Right Hon. Richard William, Earl Howe Provincial Grand Master of Leicestershire 1856-1869, who entered into rest May 12 1870 Aged 74 Years. The Freemasons of the Province dedicate this window. 

John Chapman, former Director of the world renowned Bletchley Park Post Office. “The dedicated work of Ken and his team and Andy Green’s expert background history has allowed us to produce a truly unique commemorative sheet to mark the 300th Anniversary of Freemasonry in England.” 

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