Stained Glass

The Herbert Howells memorial window at the Gloucester Cathedral by Caroline Swash

My last vacation, when I actually went away for a week, was in 2019 before covid hit. I stayed in a small village, Blakeney, right on the Welsh border, and only a short distance from the city of Gloucester, and it’s cathedral. Of course I made a visit, it quickly became one of my favourite cathedrals. The stained glass was a highlight, especially the “new” glass, most of it by the artist Thomas Denny. I encourage you to look him, and his art up here: Thomas Denny There are also a couple of wonderful windows by the artist Caroline Swash. (Above and below)

I discovered that there were more examples of his work in Hereford Cathedral, which was only 30 miles away. So I visited there too, on another day. On this trip, I had my Fujifilm X-Pro 2 with me. On it was the XF18-55mm (35mm equiv = 28-90mm approx). This is my main digital camera, although I do have a pocket compact and a couple of others, they actually get very little use these days, since I’ve gone “back to film”.

The Herbert Howells memorial window at the Gloucester Cathedral by Caroline Swash #2
The Stained Glass Art of Thomas Denny #1
The Stained Glass Art of Thomas Denny #2
The Stained Glass Art of Thomas Denny #3
The Stained Glass Art of Thomas Denny #4
The Stained Glass Art of Thomas Denny #5
The Stained Glass Art of Thomas Denny #6
The Stained Glass Art of Thomas Denny #6

As you can probably tell from the titles, my filing system is poor, and by now I’ve muddled up which window in which cathedral. Most of the Thomas Denny windows I believe to be from his “Light” series dedicated to the poetry and music of Ivor Gurney, and in Gloucester Cathedral. I think my love of stained glass, particularly modern glass was probably born when, in my early teens, I remember being amazed by the “modern window” in Buckfast Abbey, on a family holiday, and making a photo of it on Kodachorme! That’s another story! Having a search through Thomas Denny’s website I notice that there a three or four of his windows right here in Dorset – I’ll have to look them up!

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