Posts Tagged ‘window’

Plans for a church window

October 2, 2014

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

 

The Brewery Tap

January 27, 2013

The Brewery Tap was a small pub on White Street, Market Lavington.  It closed its doors to the drinkers – beer brewed on the premises – in the mid 1920s. It survives as a building although it is not recognisably the same, for ‘the old tap’ was a single storey building and it was converted into two dwellings with an extra floor added. Tom Gye remembers the alterations being done and thinks it was about 1924.

The old building was recorded in photos and we have seen some before. You could click here to see one of them.

Today we are looking at a relic from the pub – in the form of the window which was in the pub door when it closed.

Window which was in the door of The Brewery Tap pub on White Street, Market Lavington when it closed in the 1920s

Window which was in the door of The Brewery Tap pub on White Street, Market Lavington when it closed in the 1920s

We believe this window, which has the pub name sand blasted in it, dates from about 1900. How amazing that it has survived.