SK5804 : Richard III window (east), Leicester Cathedral

taken 6 years ago, near to Leicester, Great Britain

Richard III window (east), Leicester Cathedral
Richard III window (east), Leicester Cathedral
Eastern of the two new windows.
Richard III windows, Leicester Cathedral

The two, three-light windows were designed by Tom Denny.
They represent a mix of history and spirituality.
In both windows scenes of struggle and grief in the side panels are tempered by messages of relief and comfort in the central light.

In the west window, the left-hand light depicts the aftermath of a battle, this could be related to Richard III and Bosworth, or it could be a generic battle.
Towards the top a horse carries the body of a man over its back, as was done to Richard himself.
The right-hand light shows people passing two rose bushes whose roots go deep down into the ground which contains relics and bones.
The central lights depicts Christ on the road to Emmaus. Much of the landscape is inspired by scenes from the local area.
The central part of the tracery depicts resurrection, the other parts show scenes from King Richard III's life, including the tower of Fotheringay church.

In the easterly window, the left-hand light shows a figure starting on a journey into "the valley of the shadow of death", passing through the tangle of thorns.
The right-hand light shows Richard and his wife Anne Neville at the death of their son Edward. Anne died shortly afterwards, and Richard approaches the place of his wife's burial in the upper part of the light, his crown cast aside.
The central lights represents reconciliation and forgiveness. A man is depicted with fragments from the story of his life scattered below, including papers and letters. Christ comes to heal him, and behind them the cross is shown on a hill, as yet empty.
There are further depictions of King Richard's life in the tracery, including Nottingham Castle, Bow bridge, Kirby Muxloe Castle, a boar and rider, and a fierce battle.

Both windows were installed in 2016, and are located in Saint Katherine's Chapel which is next to the new tomb of Richard III.

(Condensed from Tom Denny/Leicester Cathedral information on the new windows)

Leicester Cathedral

Grade II* listed

Small parts of St Martin's Cathedral date back to the 12th century, but it was much altered and restored in the 19th C. and little of the old fabric remains.
It was a parish church, then Collegiate church from 1922, and in 1927 it became a Cathedral.
There is a nave, chancel, chancel chapels, north and “double” south aisle, crossing tower with 220 foot spire, and north and south porches.

The north and south arcades of 5 bays date from the 13th century, with the outer south arcade built slightly later. There is a 13th century north doorway and porch, but the main entrance is through the south door with porch by G.F. Bodley of 1897.

The tower and spire were rebuilt in the mid 19th century in an Early English style, replacing the mediaeval spire.
There were many restorations covering almost the whole of the church in the 19th century.

There are numerous monuments and wall plaques in the Cathedral.

In March 2015 the remains of King Richard III were reinterred at the Cathedral beneath a new tomb installed in the chancel.

The east window is by Christopher Whall, there are also windows by Veronica Whall, and there is a new pair of windows in the north chancel chapel (Saint Katherine's chapel) by Tom Denny, which were installed in 2016.

The Cathedral Gardens to the south the building have recently been redeveloped with lawns and seating. There is also a new statue of Richard III.

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Friday, 6 May, 2016
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