SO8318 : East window, Gloucester Cathedral Lady Chapel

taken 6 years ago, near to Gloucester, Gloucestershire, Great Britain

East window, Gloucester Cathedral Lady Chapel
East window, Gloucester Cathedral Lady Chapel
The Lady Chapel at Gloucester was finished by circa 1482, although the glass is slightly later. The window consists of fragments of glass dating from the 14th to the early 16th century.
Some glass survives in situ, but a great deal of old glass has been used from other windows in the Cathedral.
In the 17th C. vast damage was done to stained-glass windows, especially with the rise of the Puritan party. Subsequently large amounts of money were spent in trying to replace the damage. In later centuries damage was done through ignorance or indifference and windows were allowed to fall into a poor state of repair, sometimes being blown out in gales or falling out through lack of maintenance.
In 1798 it was reported that glass had been stolen from the east window of the Cathedral, and a reward was offered.

At the end of the 19th century the Lady Chapel was in a perilous state, and a public appeal was launched for its restoration. In 1896 the window was re-leaded although most of the fragments were haphazard, with several inscriptions inverted and reversed.

It is unknown what the layout of the window was before it was re-leaded, and there has been much speculation about this. It is probable that there were full-length figures in canopied niches. Rushforth suggests it may be similar to the east window of Saint Margaret's, Westminster.
The donor of the window was one of the Compton family, either Edmund or William.
The glass was possibly manufactured in London, maybe by a school of European glaziers.
Gloucester Cathedral

The Cathedral originated in 678 or 679 with the foundation of an abbey dedicated to Saint Peter. The foundations of the present church were laid by Abbot Serlo (10721104). LinkExternal link

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Monday, 21 September, 2015   (more nearby)
Monday, 12 October, 2015
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