The combination of lead and coloured glass is probably the only indigenous European art form. It began to develop in the sixth century. In medieval thought it was believed that there were three forms of light: lux, which is the natural sunlight given by God; lumen, this natural light is coloured by the glass as it passes through; illuminatio, the coloured light enters the body through the eye and illuminates or enlightens the soul.
It is unusual to have a beautiful stained glass window in a lavatory but this is exactly what can be found at the west end of St George’s. This is one of several Victorian windows. In the south aisle there are two by Heaton, Butler and Baine and in the south transept the upper part is by Lavers, Barraud and Westlake while the lower “Last Supper” is by Goddard and Gibbs. The West end rose window is by Hardman and Powell.
In the Lady Chapel a beautiful series of windows, dating from the 1950s, describes the involvement in the Christian story of The Blessed Virgin Mary. These enhance the subdued atmosphere of this holy place where the Blessed Sacrament is reserved in the Aumbry.
On entering the church, the modern windows immediately catch the attention. They date from after the Second World War and replace and add to those damaged in the Second World War. Designed by Tom Freeth, a local artist, the unique colours and use of shapes, patterns and styles give a distinctive expression of what we believe about God.
Group guided tours of the church windows may be booked throughout the year and provide additional information about various aspects of the building.
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