Plans for a church window

This is a story of an amazing bit of luck that brought an item home to Market Lavington. The item is a plan for a stained glass window in St Mary’s Church.

Plan for a stained glass window on the south side of St Mary's Church, Market Lavington

Plan for a stained glass window on the south side of St Mary’s Church, Market Lavington

We can see that this slightly foxed drawing shows detailed plans for the window on the south side of the church.. The plans were drawn up at the Whitefriars Glassworks in London. The window commemorated the life of the Hon. Louisa Hay who died in 1898.

There are very hard to read pencil notes around the plan. Here it is suggested that a man has been drawn instead of a woman.

Planner's notes around the drawing

Planner’s notes around the drawing

This picture was found in Ireland by the president of the Irish Antique Dealers’ Federation – Mr G H Stacpoole. That surname will be familiar to local readers for we have a steward, who is also a church warden, related closely to G H Stacpoole. And as a result, the plan was returned to England, to Market Lavington and can now be seen on display in our entrance room.

What a fantastic item – not only a work of art in its own but also an insight into the way church windows were designed.

And now let’s see the actual window in the church.

 

The actual window in St Mary's Church

The actual window in St Mary’s Church

 

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