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.

29 thoughts on “Norwich Cathedral Part V: Windows”

  1. Superb photos of that most difficult of subjects. Advice? I’ve enjoyed all your Norwich Cathedral posts, especially the bosses and this one – it’s been a week of 12 hour days with children so I looked but didn’t comment. Doesn’t mean I didn’t appreciate.

    1. Fast lens Meg. I use the 45mm f/1.8 prime lens for indoor shooting and it copes fairly well with low light too. Only problem with that is you have to move with your feet to get more in to the shot, which isn’t always possible inside a church, but it does make you consider the shots you want to make. And thanks for your support – I hope you are feeling better now, 12 hours of child care would kill me!

  2. Raining in Norfolk? The driest county in England. Surely not?

    You did a simply magnificent job with these windows, Jude. Really.
    The William Morris window is wonderful, and all the colours leap off the screen.

    Best wishes, Pete. x (Heavy snow in Beetley!)

    1. I wondered if you’d get the snow. When I lived in Doncaster we always got hit when the weather came from the north. Very windy here but a lovely bright morning.

  3. Great shots, Jude – you clearly did a great job zooming with your feet! I still remember lending you my 45mm 1.8, and you commenting that you wanted to zoom….😳

    1. I still do Sue! But I accept that this lens is very useful indoors and in low light and does actually make me think more about what I want to include in a shot. It, along with the 14-42mm lens are the ones I carry all the time.

  4. Oh yes these are wonderful, I like the contemporary ones best, unusual for me. The west window looks too much like it’s been painted!

    1. My favourite is the Bauchon Window from the older styles, but I really loved the John McLean works. They are so vibrant. And so cleverly designed too. He says “Surely colour is the most emotive thing about church windows. I have done everything I could to bring this out.” I ‘d say he succeeded.

  5. This is just a few glimpses? Wow, it’s amazing. I like it all but I’m particularly drawn to the modern glass -Incarnation and Trinity. I think it was the latter casting light over one of your previous posts.

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