Halewood Local History Pages

St. Nicholas, Halewood Parish Church

William Morris Windows

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The William Morris Connection

Out of the 21 stained glass windows in St.Nicholas, 17 were designed and produced by William Morris and his Company.

In particular the three windows in the centre of the apse (click picture left for enlarged interior) are the best example of their work.

The central window depicting St.Nicholas was designed by Sir E Burne-Jones and the two windows either side featuring the Angels were actually designed by William Morris himself.

It's interesting to note that when commissioned in 1892, the background of roses in these windows was requested by the parish to honour the then Rector, Reverend Thomas Chambers and his love of roses.

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Large Window
(left nave)

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Left Main Window

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Main Window

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Right Main Window

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Large Window
(right nave)

The William Morris main centre windows

These three windows depict:
  1. Angel with T-Shaped Dulcimer
  2. St.Nicholas
  3. Angel with Organ

The entry in the William Morris Catalogue of Designs, dated August 1892, names the glass painters as follows:

  • St.Nicholas by Bowman
  • Angels by Campfield
  • Treework drawn by Dearle and painted by Campfield (Angels) and Stokes (St.Nicholas)

Researched and written by Thomas Beesley

Photographs by Mike Royden

wmorris3tn.jpg - 4kb William Morris Windows at St.Nicholas, Halewood
Read Pam Beesley's fascinating article on the history of the windows and the William Morris Link


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