There are a number of examples of well-crafted stained glass to be found in Ivybridge and our own research has revealed many have a close connection.
At Stowford Lodge, located half way up the staircase, is a striking stained glass window depicting the knighting of Sir Francis Drake by Queen Elizabeth I. Stowford Lodge was historically part of Stowford Paper Mill. When John Allen purchased the mill in 1849 Stowford Lodge became his residence. During the 1860s, Allen totally rebuilt the house and the stained glass window was installed around this period.
Ivybridge Methodist Church has three more stained glass windows which are linked to the Allen family, who were generous benefactors to the church. The first is a set of windows above the front door of the church dedicated to Elizabeth, the wife of John Allen, who died in September 1875. The Western Daily Mercury dated 4 January 1876 documents the installation of the windows by the glass making company Hall and Sons of Bristol. The second, much larger set of windows lie in the south transept. These were dedicated to John Allen following his death in 1877 with a band of lettering along the lower edge. The third window is in the chancel, above the cross, with the Agnus Dei. These later windows were all made by Hall and Sons.