Stained Glass Windows - St Michael - Whichford, Warwickshire
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Quick Description: Stained glass windows in St Michael's church, Whichford.
Location: West Midlands, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 12/11/2020 1:29:39 AM
Waymark Code: WM13GM3
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Alfouine
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Long Description:
Small pieces of medieval glass, mostly in the tracery lights, remain in many of the windows of St Michael's church, Whichford.

"The medieval stained glass is located around the church in small quantities, the earliest being in the north aisle where the two-light window with more recent glass has a small roundel in the tracery that could possibly be 13th century glass; it's rich blue and amber shades are somewhat darkened by corrosion and the design difficult to make out but it appears to represent some sort of winged creature or grotesque. In the neighbouring window on the north side are three heraldic roundels dating from the early 14th century (the left hand shield is largely restored, being a copy of the corresponding original shield on the right, with only the surrounding red and white striped sections being ancient). The two circular traceries in this window also have old glass, simple plain circular motifs, though only the left hand one is complete.

The chancel windows all retain their original 14th century glass in their tracery lights, the east window having a small Crucified Christ at its apex with two censing angels below, all set on a red background but heavily corroded and difficult to discern (the angels have been restored, particularly the right figure). The four side windows each have a single quatrefoil tracery containing a quartered coat of arms.

The most readable and best preserved pieces can be found in the Mohun chapel to the south of the nave, where the east window retains its full set of mid-14th century traceries, all executed on 'clear' glass with abundant use of silver (yellow) staining. At the top is a descending Holy Dove, its head turned in profile, whilst below are two crowned female figures, that on the right being a 19th century replacement; original this pair would have portrayed the Coronation of the Virgin as Queen of Heaven, with the complete figure of Mary remaining on the left, and Christ seated and blessing her to the right, where only his gesturing right hand remains, clearly disconnected from the present replacement figure, a cruder mirror image of the original Mary figure opposite.

The three trefoils below contain heads amidst foliage, with a frontal Christ in the centre and a balding saint, possibly St Peter to the left; the right hand head has been lost and, like the figure above, has been replaced with a mirror-image of the original piece opposite.

The side windows both have three traceries, in each case a sacred monogram and a pair of Evangelist emblems. Only the surrounding foliage is original on the easternmost window, most of the rest is copied from this whilst the central roundels are most likely the inventions of the 19th century restorer.

The only truly Victorian stained glass is that in the three-light west window, a somewhat garishly coloured work from the 1870s with a central Christ as the Good Shepherd flanked by two figures of sowers, illustrating the well known parable. The maker is unknown, but the style unusually archaic for its date, harking back to earlier Victorian work.

The remaining three windows form a set from the studio of Heaton, Butler & Bayne and are all early 20th century in date, those in the north aisle likely being installed to commemorate the Great War c1918. The colouring is muted in somewhat earthy tones, but beautifully drawn and painted, typical of this studios output at the turn of the century. The three-light east window centres on the Holy Family with adoring shepherds and Magi flanking them, whilst below are smaller predella panels of the Annunciation, Visitation and Presentation in the Temple.

As stated earlier the north aisle windows seem to form a War memorial with a traditional Crucifixion group in the east window and a striking two-light composition on the north side featuring St Michael triumphing over Lucifer, who is shown as an unusually human vanquished warrior with wings; St Michale is of course the church's patron saint, though such image of warrior saints overcoming the forces of evil were especially popular after the War."

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Type of building where window is located: Church

St Michael
Ascott Road
Whichford, Warwickshire England
CV36 5PG

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Hours of Operation: From: 12:00 AM To: 12:00 AM

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