Stained Glass from Welsh Churches

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stained glass window showing St Peter.

John Hardman & Co., St Peter, 1851, probably designed by John Hardman Powell

The Friends of Friendless Churches take a small number of redundant churches into their care. About half of their churches are in Wales, and a recent vesting is the Church of St Michael, Castlemartin, Pembrokeshire. Among the stained glass at the church is the best example of a window designed by A.W.N. Pugin for a church in Wales, so I was pleased to learn that the Friends were interested in taking the building into their care. The church also has some fine medieval features, including some remarkable twelfth-century corbels and font.

Included in the book, my photo of the window was used on the cover of the Autumn Newsletter of the Ancient Monuments Society, which is published in association with the Friends of Friendless Churches. The close up unfortunately reveals the loss of paint on parts of the window, although this loss is worse on the windows on the north side of the church, which were also probably made by John Hardman & Co. Not illustrated in the book, they are on the Stained Glass in Wales Catalogue, and St Peter is illustrated here.

I am very grateful for the review and endorsement of Stained Glass from Welsh Churches in the newsletter: ‘A glorious work, unequivocally recommended.’

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