LAST Sunday afternoon five historic stained glass windows, which had been saved from St Andrew's Church in Kings Hill, Darlaston, and relocated in Darlaston Town Hall, were rededicated at a special service.
The windows by the renowned Smethwick stained glass artist Florence Camm were recovered by the Moxley And Dangerfield Action Group with the help of Walsall Council.
Three of them are dedicated to the fallen of World War One from the parish.
In February 2013, Action Group members Zara Kimbley, Ann Bond, Carol Mincher, Sue Steatham, Laurence Steatham and Independent Councillors Paul and Christine Bott were told that St Andrew's Church, which had been closed since 2009, had been sold and the building could be demolished to make way for flats.
Their research discovered that the five windows of St Bartholomew, St Andrew, Our Lord As The Good Shepherd, St George and St Chad were manufactured by T. W. Camm, Smethwick, one of the most important stained glass manufacturers of this area at the time.
"We decided that they should, if at all possible be saved and displayed for public access," said action group member Sue Steatham.
Documents at Sandwell Archives also assisted their research including a newspaper report of May 1919 detailing the Service of Dedication of the three windows St Andrew, Our Lord, St George as a memorial to those from St Andrew's Parish who had given their lives in the Great War.
During a visit to the church the group noted that the windows included signature panels with the names of Florence, Robert and Walter Camm as designers and manufacturers. Florence was an eminent artist, believed to be the only woman working in stained glass design and manufacture at that time.
The St Bartholomew window includes a dedication inscription panel to Samuel Hancock, first people's warden of the church. The St Chad window includes a dedication inscription to Sarah Hancock, wife of Samuel. Both windows were dedicated by their son Joseph and dated 1922.
"The small World War plaque has already been removed to St Bartholomew's but we are very pleased to have been informed that this will also be reunited with the memorials in the Town Hall," said Sue.
She added: "Our group are immensely pleased and proud to have worked on this fascinating project. It has been a once in a lifetime opportunity. We send our very grateful thanks to everyone who has provided guidance and assistance during this project. Without them the relocation of these memorials would not have been possible."