Elmdon - St Nicholas - 'Elmdon Dial'
This lovely church dates back to 1320, but was virtually rebuilt in Victorian times. The 'Elmdon Dial' is a stained glass window dating from the mid-1600's, which was probably made by the craftsman John Oliver. It was quite unusual for a stained glass window to be commissioned for a church at that time: following the rise in puritanism, church buildings had become much less ornate and many ecclesiastical artefacts containing Catholic imagery had been destroyed. Artists restricted themselves to images which could not be considered papist. The Elmdon Dial is essentially a memento mori, depicting an hourglass, a sundial, and a fly: all images designed to make people think about the fleeting nature of life, and their impending, inevitable meeting with St Peter. The mottos read 'Sic Vita' (such is life!), and 'Nulla dies sine linea' (no day without a line). This window was originally installed in St Dunstan's church nearby, and was moved to St Nicholas following its closure.