Norwich Cathedral Part V: Windows

Finally, the windows. I am only going to show you a few glimpses of some of the windows, to be honest it is was quite dark inside this cathedral on this day (it was raining) and not easy to photograph the stained-glass. There are some lovely pieces so if you are able to visit then make sure you examine the windows or visit the Norfolk Stained Glass site which provided much of the information about the windows in Norwich Cathedral.

bauchon-windowThe Bauchon Window was designed by Maria Forsyth and made by Dennis King of G King & Son in 1964. The window given in honour of Julian of Norwich is in memory of Harriet Mabel Campbell (1874 – 53). The main lights depict Julian of Norwich, unusually dressed as a Benedictine nun, together with another eleven Benedictine Saints and other personages.

The tracery lights contain angels (some playing musical instruments) flanking a cross proclaiming “Pax.”

Much of the original medieval glass was destroyed during the Reformation or the Civil War so most of what you see is from the Victorian period when a restoration project was undertaken. The two World Wars also saw the introduction of windows as memorials.


Below the c1901 window is dedicated to the memory of Lt Cecil Faulkner Cawston: Lieutenant 13th Hussars who died fighting for his country Feb 1901. It was made by the firm of William Morris & Co and is very much in the “Arts and Crafts” style.


The Clayton and Bell window (c1900) below is dedicated to the “..memory of the officers of the 9th Norfolk Regiment who died in the service of their country”.


Contemporary glass has been introduced including panels by Keith New & John Hayward, in the North transept.

John Hayward series of three windows representing the Mystery of the Incarnation which the millennium commemorates.

and the wonderful colourful three-light windows echoing the Trinity to which the cathedral is dedicated, by John McLean (2014).

The magnificent West Window dates from the early 15th century. It was installed by Bishop William Alnwick and was a copy of the West Window in Westminster Hall. Replaced with plain glass following the Reformation, the present window was designed and made by George Hedgeland at a cost of £1500 in 1854. New Testament scenes parallel Old Testament scenes such as Moses in the Bullrushes and the Nativity of Christ being paired.

West Window
West Window tracery (partial)

This 1873 window in St Luke’s chapel was designed by J Hardman & Co in a 13th century style. From top to bottom the three roundels depict St Luke as: a physician, an artist and as an evangelist.

It was installed in memory of John and Anne Crosse by their children.

This c1868 window in the Jesus chapel was designed by T G Jackson of J Powell & Sons.

Jesus Chapel - East Window
Jesus Chapel – East Window

And a final memorial window: Designed by Clayton and Bell it depicts an Angel flanked by St George (carrying a white shield with red cross) and St Michael carrying the scales of justice with the regimental badge and scroll in the tracery.

A c1902 memorial window dedicated to the 7th (Princess Royal's) Dragoon Guards who fell in the South African War.
A c1902 memorial window dedicated to the 7th (Princess Royal’s) Dragoon Guards who fell in the South African War.

The header photo is Christ is depicted in a New Testament scene healing the sick above a central scroll that reads :”They that are whole need not a physician, but they that are sick” 

Dawn of “The Day After” is running her monthly Lingering look at Windows challenge for another year, so I hope she enjoys these.

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I have lived in the UK for most of my life, but when young I definitely had wanderlust and even ended up living in South Africa for several years which was a wonderful experience. I now look forward to a long and leisurely retirement doing what I like most - gardening, photography, walking and travelling.

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      1. If you get a chance while you are there, go and visit Jason’s Garden in Teignmouth. It’s Nev and Alan Pope’s love letter to their son who was killed in Angola with my husband 20 years ago.

        1. I think I saw a programme about this garden on TV. I hadn’t realised that your husband had been killed. Was he also working in the diamond mines then? How tragic, and how awful for you.

        2. Yes I think the garden has been on BBC a few times (Titmarsh?) as it’s a National Trust garden. It’s not open all year round. Doug and Jason were working on the same diamond mine at the time yes.

        3. From what I can find out it is only open on certain days of the year for charity, it’s not NT. I’ll check it out when we go down there in April and see if it is open.

        4. Yes you’re right although I think it was NT originally. I can give you Nev’s home number and you can call her before you go to check. Know it off by heart for obvious reasons.

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