Suffer little children to come unto me

Fenwick window inscription: To the Glory of God and in memory of Christopher and Clennel Fenwick 1876

Fenwick window inscription: To the Glory of God and in memory of Christopher and Clennel Fenwick 1876

Reviewing the endangered windows of Walcha's old stone church.

This pair of windows themed "Suffer little children to come unto me" from the Gospel of Mark 10;13-14 is In memory of Christopher and Clennel Fenwick, infant children of Christopher Dawson and Isabella Fenwick. It shows Jesus with the children.

Christopher Fenwick was the first child of this marriage. He was born at Yarrowitch Station on 26 June 1847 and died in August that year. The other child Christopher Clennel Fenwick known as Clennel was born at Yarrowitch Station on 13 October 1856 and died there on 28 November 1858.

Christopher Fenwick was a local magistrate and landowner, originally a selector of Yarrowitch Station with Alexander Todd and later 'Europambela'. He was an enthusiastic member of the congregation. He donated a large copy of the Bible and Book of Common Prayer when the church was opened in 1862. He was a synod representative when the Diocese of Grafton and Armidale was one.

The window is dated 1876 and according to the 2008 Heritage Report is ascribed to Lyon & Cottier. This firm was established at 333 Pitt Street, Sydney in 1873.