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Radiant Roundels: working wonders with glass, paint and light

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Roundels are small glass wonders which display detailed draughtsmanship and rich subject matter. They use light as the main medium for enriching an interior and are a delight to behold in any setting. Over the years I have been lucky enough to work closely with collections of these artworks and help preserve them for future generations. […]

Panel of the Month – June 2017

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Hope Panel 3b, window sVII of St. George’s Church, Anstey, Hertfordshire – 1907 This panel contains a personification of Hope and is one of three figures in a three light window containing virtues. The other figures depicted are Charity and faith. “It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” Secondly, […]

Panel of the Month – March 2017

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St. Catherine Panel 3b from window nVII of St. Martin-cum-Gregory in York – c.1330 The panel depicts St. Catherine standing in a painted, architectural niche with an elaborate canopy – a common medieval design used to harmonise the colourful painted pictures with the surrounding stone walls. The glass itself is vibrant with colour running through […]

Why do I love visiting historic churches?

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“Historic Church” – There must be thousands of these signs scattered across the country yet every time I see one I am gripped! My mind races and I wonder what could be waiting for me at the end of that road. ‘Shall I follow the sign?…Do I have time?…Will I be late?…It probably won’t even […]

Panel of the Month – February 2017

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Panel of the Month  – February 2017 (Please click the image for more detail) Detail of panel 3b from the West window of All Saints’ Church in Stamford. The panel shows St. John the Evangelist leading a grieving Virgin Mary away from the scene of the crucifixion. He looks at her with sadness and tenderness. […]

Researching twelve stained glass windows in one church

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The Stained Glass of All Saints’ Parish Church, Stamford, Lincolnshire Conducting research of any form into the history of an object, artwork or building can be exciting and rewarding but also very frustrating and often confusing. This is what I found out when I set about researching a group of stained glass windows in a […]

‘But it’s only a jumble of fragments!’ – Investigating one stained glass panel

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Not worthy of attention? Some stained glass panels and whole windows are dismissed because they have no clear subject matter, are a jumbled mess and are difficult to date. In this post I discover that a small, jumbled and confused stained glass panel can tell an important story about its history and interesting science-y facts […]

One week to go!!

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Hi all there’s just one week to go until the Stained Glass Book Launch at All Saints’ Parish Church in Stamford. I am gearing up to sell a lot of books and also planning to fit in two short talks at 2pm and 6pm. Everyone is welcome to join us for refreshments throughout the day […]

1895 Newspaper report on a new stained glass window!!

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Found on the online newspaper archives in an 1895 Grantham Journal, Saturday 9th November. The article mentions a new stained glass window which has been installed in All Saint’s church, Stamford, Lincolnshire. It is a window in memory of Orlando and Mary Edmonds and can be found in the East end of the south aisle. […]

A Collection of Forgotten Victorian Masterpieces

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This post explores the excitement but frustation in researching a set of stained glass windows by different artists, with different patrons, of different dates and with no existing documentation or known facts (other than two plaques on walls and the inscriptions in the windows themselves). The stained glass of All Saints’ church in Stamford is […]