The pair of windows in the north wall of the nave represent (on the left) the Risen Christ and (on the right) Mary Magdalene, with verses from the Te Deum (in Latin). They were designed and made by the distinguished firm of Clayton and Bell, and are a memorial to Sir John Hardy Thursby, who died in 1901.

The window in the north wall of the north transept is in poor condition. Its main features are clear. In the lower panel of the left light is one of the scenes in the garden after the resurrection, described in St Matthew's Gospel, (ch.28:2) 'And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men'. Next to it, in the lower panel of the right-hand light, are the Risen Christ and Mary Magdalene. Spread across the upper panels of both lights is a group of disciples and followers gazing upwards. Above, in the quatrefoil , is Christ ascending into heaven. Between and below these panels runs the text from St John 's Gospel, (ch.11 :25) ' I am the resurrection and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live'. It is a memorial to Edward Pardoe, who died in 1870. In the east wall of the north transept is a window depicting the Archangel Gabriel, with his attribute, a lily, and the Archangel

Michael, with a spear in his left hand and a shapeless object in his right; this object may represent a soul, since Michael is supposed to weigh the souls of the dead for their merit. A late nineteenth century portraitist, H.T. Bosdet. was the artist, but the maker is not recorded. The window was added to the transept in 1910 in memory of Albert Llewellyn Nugent, 3rd Baron Nugent in the Austrian peerage, Elizabeth, his wife, and George Frederick, his son.

The oldest window in the church and the least pleasing, is in the south transept. In the left-hand light is ' the angel of God' addressing Comelius: 'Thy prayers and thine alms are come up for a memorial before God' (The Acts Ch. I 0:4). On the right is Christ chiding Martha: 'Thou art careful and troubled about many things: but only one thing
is needful: and Mary hath chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her ' (Luke 10:41 and 42).

The south transept window is a Stuart family memorial. It commemorates Captain John Stuart, RN (Lord Stuart de Rothesay 's younger brother) and his wife, Albinia. It was given in 1866, sometime after their deaths, by their son, General Charles Stuart. It also commemorates General Stuart's son, John, who died in infancy. This boy was General Stuart's only child and the so le, sad, representative of a fifth generation of the Stuart family of Highcliffe.

The windows in the south wall of the nave match the two in the north wall. On the left is depicted the parable of the lost sheep: 'And when he hath found it he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing' (Luke ch.IS:5). It was given in memory of George Astell Pardoe, second son of Edward Pardoe, killed at the Battle of Ulundi, that brought the Zulu War to an end in 1879. On the right is Ruth 'amid the alien corn', with a paraphrase of part of a verse from the story: 'So she gleaned in the field until even' (Ruth ch.2: 17). This was given in memory of Ellen Mary Lindon, wife of Thomas Angell Lindon, vicar of Highcliffe, who died in 1886.

As part of the re-ordering of the church in 1991, an unremarkable rose window at the west end was replaced with a striking new work by Henry Haig who believes the function of stained glass, in a Christian context, 'is to teach and illumine'. When he designed this window, he had in mind the journey of faith that is the Christian life; and also, the church-going of the faithful that is, in a sense, a journey through the church, week by week or day by day. The Greek letters Alpha and omega, with a chalice that is less easily distinguishable, refer to Christ.

'I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely '. (The Revelation ch.21 :6)

Church-goers see the window as they enter and as they leave the building; it marks the beginning and the end of one sort of journey, and it is a reminder of another sort. In church, the faithful receive spiritual sustenance to continue this 'other sort' of journey.

The new porch encloses the new window, so that it is enclosed on both sides. This means that it depends for its best effects on artificial light.© Robert Franklin