The window, commissioned by Bessie’s sister Ethel Craig, depicts Jesus Christ washing his disciples’ feet during the last supper.

 his window on the north wall of the nave is dedicated to Bessie Saville Heald who died in January 1936. 

Bessie always sat on the pew just by this window. She and her husband William lived at 25 Garstang Road. Bessie was greatly missed by the congregation; she was a member of the PCC and a Diocesan Representative.

The window, commissioned by Bessie’s sister Ethel Craig, depicts Jesus Christ washing his disciples’ feet during the last supper.

There is no maker’s monogram on this window but it is thought that it was made by Shrigley and Hunt of Lancaster. Christ Church is fortunate in having two windows which are definitely by this maker. Bessie’s window shows similarity in design with the Memorial window 1919 on the south of the nave, especially at the base.

The firm Shrigley and Hunt was working at Christ Church doing repairs in 1935; a reason perhaps why the firm, already onsite, may have been commissioned to make this one. 

 Bessie Heald, Photographed by Kay and Foley
Bessie Heald, Photographed by Kay and Foley

The following information was sent by Lori Michell who lives in Bristol. She is the great niece of Bessie Heald.

Bessie Saville Heald

 July 22 1878 – January 6 1936

Bessie was the sister of my maternal grandmother Amy Fairer, making her my “grand aunt.” Amy wrote “When I even think of Bessie, my heart wells up with love and gratitude for all she meant to me.” Amy referred to her as her “little mother.”  “Her love for her church was wonderful and her generosity unbounded.” 

Baptisms at St George
in the Parish of Chorley

Baptisms recorded in the Register for the years 1877 – 1887

Baptism: 24 July 1878 St George, Chorley, Lancashire, England
Bessie Saville Whittle – [Child] of John Henry Whittle & Hannah
Abode: Yarrow Terrace, Bolton Road
Occupation: Colliery Proprietor
Baptised by: John Scott
Register: Baptisms 1877 – 1887, Page 26, Entry 202
Source: LDS Film 1526077

Siblings: 

Ethel Whittle

Thomas Saville Whittle

Alice Whittle

Amy Whittle

Married:  William Lawrence Heald April 1909

Children:  Ruth (born May 1910) Roger, Hugh (1915)

Peace party held at family home in Chorley on July 18th 1919 after Walter’s return on July 1st

Bessie and Bill Heald / Cornel and Tom Whittle / Amy and Walter Fairer

John Henry and Hannah Whittle

Ethel Whittle

The obituary in a newspaper read:

Mrs B.S. Heald

The death occurred on Monday at 25 Garstang Road, Fulwood, Preston of Mrs Bessie Saville Heald aged 57 years, sister of Mrs Fairer, Chorley.

Mrs Heald was the eldest daughter of John Henry Whittle and Hannah Saville Whittle and in her youth was an active worker at St George’s, particularly for the G.F.S. and later at the Parish Church. She married a son of the late John Heald of Phoenix House and since her marriage had lived in Preston but had kept in close touch with Chorley and its associations.

She was a valued member of Fulwood Parish Church, where she will be greatly missed. Her kind nature and generosity were her chief characteristics and her loss is mourned by a large circle of friends.

At Fulwood parish Church she was a member of the Parochial Church Council and Diocesan Representative.

The funeral service was held at Fulwood Parish Church on Wednesday morning, after which the body was cremated at Blackpool, prior to interment in the family grave at Chorley cemetery in the afternoon. 

The service at Fulwood Church was performed by the Rev. Woodhouse Smith. 

There were no flowers, at deceased’s request, except tributes from her husband and children and a crown of ivy leaves sent from her sisters and brother. 

The mourners were: Mr. W. Heald (husband) Miss Ruth, Mr Roger and Mr Hugh Heald (children); Mr T.S. Whittle (brother) and Mrs. Whittle; Mr. T Whittle jun; Mrs. Craig (sister) and Mr. Craig; Mrs Fairer (sister) and Major Fairer; Mrs P.E. Middleton;  Mr and Mrs H Heald; Mr A. and Mr E Heald; Mr and Mrs Bannister; Mrs Pilling; Mrs Robinson; Mr N Pilling and a large number of old Chorley friends. 

Another paper had the notice:

Heald: on Monday, January 6th 1936, at 25 Garstang Road, Preston, Bessie Saville Heald, aged 57, devoted wife of Willaim L Heald, and beloved eldest daughter of the late John Henry and Hannah Whittle of Belvedere, Chorley.

“Servant of God, well done.”

 Notes from Amy Whittle’s “family history”

“In Fulwood Church, over the pew in which the Heald family sat, Ethel gave a window portraying our Lord washing the disciples’ feet and underneath the words “I am amongst you as he that serveth.” How true it was of Bess and Ethel’s gift was from her heart for there is no mention of the donor, but just the words…a lovely and selfless tribute to a good woman.”