Stained glass windows were commonly used in churches for decorative and informative purposes. Many windows are donated to churches by members of the congregation as memorials of loved ones.
Stained glass windows were used predominantly in churches, but were also found in wealthy domestic settings and public buildings such as town halls, though surviving examples of secular glass are very rare indeed. The purpose of stained glass windows in a church was both to enhance the beauty of their setting and to inform the viewer through narrative or symbolism.
The windows of Bellshill Central can be placed into 4 distinct periods
- 1920s – the main Macdonald Memorial window behind the organ pipes
- 1960s – the four central windows by the Abbey Studios
- 1970s – the four corner windows by Gordon Webster
- 1990s – vestibule window at the bottom of the stairs by Lesley Jackson (now Marshall)