The second vicar of St Peter's the Reverend Henry Baron Dickinson was so moved by the death of Queen Victoria that he wrote to the congregation from Rome on hearing the news. He appealed to them to mark the passing of this great monarch. This window is the result of that appeal. Only the top section within the tracery has survived the second world war.
We are grateful for the article below from the Streatham News (P5) of 30th March, 1901, submitted by John W. Brown of the Streatham Society.
QUEEN VICTORIA MEMORIAL WINDOW. – One of the earliest windows in memory of Queen Victoria is that designed for St. Peter’s, Streatham, containing three figures representing Self-knowledge, Self-reverence, and Self-control. Surmounting the bust of the Queen and the emblems surrounding it in the tracery are the rose, shamrock, and thistle. The window is from the design of Mr. G.V. Ostrahan. The idea is taken from one of Tennyson’s poems. These three subjects – self-knowledge, self-reverence, self-control – lead on to sovereign power. Mr. Ostrahan was the artist who designed and completed the Archbishop’s window in the chapel of Gray’s Inn, and also the paintings of the chancel screen of the artist’s church at Newlyn St. Peter, Cornwall. The work is being carried out by Messrs. Chater & Son.