St Aidan as Bishop of Lindisfarne was responsible for the conversion of much of northern England to Christianity. Aidan was born in Ireland and became a monk at the monastery of Iona off the west coast of Scotland until he was summoned by King Oswald to ministry in the north east. The isolation and compact nature of Lindisfarne suited Aidan and the frugal community life he established for his followers. He was renowned for giving away his belongings to the poor, and this even extended to a horse given by the king to ease his many journeys on foot. Aidan gave the horse away and continued walking. The window shows him with a deer because of the legend that he saved a stag from death by making it invisible to its hunters.
Cuthbert decided to become a monk after seeing a vision on the night that Aidan died and he too became Bishop of Lindisfarne. Towards the end of his life he sought the complete solitude necessary for a life of contemplation and retired to a cell on the island of Inner Farne where he died. He was buried on Lindisfarne, but his uncorrupted body was moved after much journeying to its final resting place in Durham Cathedral. In our window he carries a head; this symbol is traditionally associated with Cuthbert because the uncorrupted head of King Oswald was interred with Cuthbert's body.
The dedication beneath the window reads:
"To the glory of God and a thank offering for the mercies of a ministry of 30 years..
Erected by The Rev William Lancaster Taylor MA, Rector of this Parish, AD1900."