Stained Glass from Welsh Churches

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Visited Narberth again yesterday to record a short conversation with Revd Peter Lewis’ for his Sunday morning programme for Radio Pembrokeshire, to be broadcast Sunday 19 October, between 7.00 and 8.00.

I talked a little bit about the stained glass in Tenby and was surprised that my mind went blank when he asked me about other good examples of stained glass in Pembrokeshire. My first thought was of Little Newcastle, and all the modern work there by Roy Lewis, Caroline Loveys and John Edwards, but then I couldn’t think of much. But there is plenty of interest elsewhere in the county, which is represented in the book, for example churches (Anglican and Roman Catholic) and some chapels, at Fishguard, Cilgerran, Haverfordwest, Talbenny, Pembroke and Pembroke Dock, Castlemartin (recently closed), Manorbier and Narberth itself. As well as these there is the work by Dom. Theodore Baily on Caldey Island, used as the cover illustration: not easy to forget, but I did. As well as these there is plenty of good stained glass in many other churches that I have visited, and others that I haven’t yet been to.

Stained glass window with Christ in the midst of children.

James Powell & Sons, Christ with Children, 1923, designed by Ernest Penwarden, Church of St James, Manorbier

Pictured here, but not in the book, is Christ in the midst of children, representing the members of Sketty Church Bible Class, who camped in Manorbier early in the twentieth century. Behind the group is a view of Manorbier Castle.


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