The east window was inserted by representatives of the ancient Garmonsway family whose ancestors are believed to have lived in the region since Norman times. Garmondsway is the name of a small dispersed hamlet and abandoned village to the north of Sedgfield and the family name crops up frequently in the old records of Sadberge. Margaret Garmonsway married Thomas Wrightson in 1754 and after his death lived at Newton Grange in Sadberge. The Wrightson family prospered and lived in Neasham Hall (see below) with a lifestyle supported by the family engineering business of Head Wrightson. It is likely that it is these descendants of the Garmonsway family were the donors of our east window.
The left hand panel shows St Andrew with the saltire cross on which legend claims he was crucified after being sentenced to death by the Romans. He asked to be crucified upside down on this X-shaped cross because he felt himself unworthy to suffer the same fate as Christ. On the right is Saint Peter with the keys of heaven, and in the centre is Christ blessing a chalice. He is surrounded by sheaves of wheat and grapes symbolising the bread and wine of Holy Communion.
The dedication reads;
"To the Glory of God and in memory of the Garmonsway Family"
Several Garmonsways are interred in Sadberge churchyard - Richard (d.1764), Hannah his wife (d.1762), Mary their daughter (d.1757), Hannah Whitelock, another of Richard's daughters (d.1795), Hannah Hopps, granddaughter of Richard and daughter of Hannah Whitelock (d.1784) and Mary Hopps her daughter (d.1785 aged 1). The large box shaped family vault is currently hidden by a tree and a great deal of ivy. Taylor records an interview with a parishioner who said "When I was a boy the Garmondsway tomb was so near the wall of the Norman Church that I frequently climbed on it to look into the nave." This helps us to place the position of the Norman Church - between the current church and the Garmonsway vault.
The senior staff of Head Wrightson seen at a garden party at Neasham Hall (now demolished).