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The most striking EXTERNAL feature is the contrast between the dark tower and the creamy yellow of the rest of the church. The TOWER was renovated in 1883/84 the belfry stage being re-built and the tower re-faced with ashlar stone from Harehills. As time has gone by the newer stonework has darkened while the rest of the church, built with local yellow limestone, has retained its original lightness.
At each side of the SANCTUARY there is a STAINED GLASS WINDOW by Powell Brothers of Leeds erected in memory of Ven. Thomas Dealtry M.A. formerly Archdeacon of Madras and Rector of the Parish 1872-1878.
Ven. Dealtry is credited with the introduction of the custom of throwing confetti over the bride and groom at a wedding.
Apparently the practice originates in the Hindu custom of the bridegroom throwing 3 handfuls of rice over his bride & she doing the same to him, as a symbol of fertility. That custom, which later became confetti rather than rice, was introduced in Swillington by Dealtry.
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