Thank you to John Callcut from Newdigate Local History Society for sharing the information on Mrs. Janson and her wood-carving class.
In about 1902 Mrs Janson of Newdigate Place started a woodcarving class to ‘stop the boys from hanging around Mr. Dean’s shop window for the sake of the lighting.’ Their work reached a remarkably high standard, a lot of which can still be seen in the church.
Ten pupils from her class were lost in the First World War. There is a memorial to them in St. Peter’s Church, Newdigate.
The window in the north aisle is dedicated to Mrs. Janson. It depicts Jesus in his father’s carpenter’s shop.