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Return "home" for stained glass memorial.

Byline: Tony Henderson Environment Editor

AMEMORIAL stained glass window rescued when a Tyneside school was demolished has returned "home" after almost 40 years.

"It's as if it was meant to be," said Derick Popay, who has played his part in the wandering window's journey of twists and turns.

The eight-foot window was paid for by public subscription in honour of servant of the community Hugh Adam. He was clerk of works for 17 years to Jarrow School Board and was also a Sunday School superintendent, lay preacher, choirmaster and teacher but died, aged 51, in 1900 and is buried in Jarrow cemetery.

Hugh Adam The window was installed in the hall of Jarrow Central School, the construction of which Mr Adam supervised.

well-and window When the school was knocked down in 1975, the headmaster of Jarrow Grammar School, Bill Porteous, moved quickly to save the window.

looks stunning He stored it at the grammar school and in the 1980s asked technology teacher Alan Potts if he and his pupils could restore the window as a project.

After the restoration was complete, Mr Potts made a protective crate for the window and it went back into storage for 15 years.

But the window needed rescuing again when the school was reorganised and changed to Jarrow Spring-field.

Teacher Peter Reed stored it in the garage of his home in Houghton-le-Spring. Later Mr Potts kept the window in his garage at Wardley in Gateshead.

Meanwhile, the parochial church council at St Cuthbert's in Hebburn in South Tyneside began the task of restoring the hall opposite the church which had served as a Sunday school.

The fate of the window had been raised on a website devoted to Jarrow Central School, run by former pupils Lance Liddle and George Watt.

Mr Watt and another ex-pupil, Jean Boyne, contacted Mr Popay, who was leading the hall restoration, and suggested that it could be an apt home for the window.

Yesterday, an open day was held at what is now Hedley Community Hall when visitors - including many ex-Central School pupils - could view the window in its new setting.

The hall was built in 1882 - the same year as Jarrow Central School.

Mr Popay, who lives in Hebburn and before retirement ran a garage at Dinnington on the edge of Newcastle, said: " The window has come back to its home area. Hugh Adam was obviously highly respected for his work, which included the Sunday School, and the window is now back near a place of worship. To have a stained glass window dedicated to you for your life's work is incredible."

was loved " Mr Potts said: "Hugh Adam was held in high esteem and the fact that the window was paid for by the community is very impressive. I always thought that it was too valuable to be thrown out and I have been its custodian over the years. Now the Hedley Community Hall is the perfect place for it."

George Watt, who lives in Gosforth in Newcastle, said: "For years there was no idea about what had happened to this beautiful window.

It was believed that it was destroyed when the school was demolished.

"Hugh Adam was a well-loved man and now the window looks absolutely stunning."

To mark the return of the window, a booklet on Mr Adam has been researched and compiled by Margaret McDonald, founder of Hebburn Family History Group.

Hugh Adam was born in 1849 and by 1871 was a joiner living in Jarrow. Within 10 years he was clerk of works to the school board and supervised the building of the Central School, Calf Close Schools in Jarrow, and Hebburn Quay School.

He was leading light in Jarrow Baptist Church and in his role as a manual instructor wrote a handbook in 1914 on metalwork.

Last year it was re-published in the Classical Reprint series.

Hugh Adam was well-loved and the window looks stunning


Users of the community hall turn out to see the restored window Tim McGuinness

Derick > Popay with the restored window at Hedley Community Hall

Tim McGuinness
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Oct 1, 2013
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