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Save our stained glass

Posted on October 25 2014 at 12:29:58

Preedy windows

An historic church without stained glass would be almost unthinkable . . . but that could be the future for St Laurence Church in Alvechurch unless thousands of pounds can be raised to carry out urgent repairs to several of its windows.

As well as looking attractive, the windows are of historical importance, including some designed and installed in the 1870s by the renowned Worcester architect and stained glass maker Frederick Preedy (pictured right).

It was unusual for an architect to design and make stained glass windows, and Preedy’s designs – featuring a trademark blue background – are somewhat unusual for this period.

Other endangered windows are those above the altar, made in 1873 by Alexander Gibbs and depicting scenes from the Passion, and the William Pearce west window created to mark Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee in 1897 and featuring her alongside Christ and the Bishop of Worcester.

If repairs are not carried out soon, these windows will be damaged beyond repair, and the cost of replacing them – or even finding someone with the necessary skills to do so – would be almost impossible.

A number of fundraising events will take place in the new year, starting with an auction on February 21 in the Ark – contact Barbara Griffiths on 0121 445 3041 if you can donate something. Churchwarden Graham Clark will also be running a charity quiz.

There are plenty of other ideas in progress, and it is hoped that the congregation and parishioners will use their own initiative to boost funds so that everyone, regular churchgoers or not, can enjoy the stained glass for many more years to come.

Find out more on the windows from the Worcestershire & Dudley Historic Churches Trust:

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