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LANGLAND WINDOW

Two years ago, a member of the Friends of Little Malvern Priory, Marian Tosello, gave a sum of money intended for a new stained glass window. The Diocesan Advisory Committee was consulted on this and a committee member came to look at the church. He said in his subsequent report that he felt that the only window which might lend itself to stained glass decoration was the 3-light window on the North elevation of the nave, which already contains a figure thought to represent God the Father.

The advice of three other organisations was sought: the Council for the Care of Churches, Christian Arts and Art & Christian Enquiry. We were given the details of 25 artists currently working in stained glass, from whom six were selected and asked to send photographs of recent work. William Langland, who is believed to have been a monk at Little Malvern Priory and who set his poem ‘The Vision of Piers Plowman’ on the Malvern Hills, was agreed by the PCC to be a possible subject.

One of the churchwardens then talked to the Chairman of the Friends of Malvern Priory, the retired vicar of Martley and the churchwarden at Arley Kings about their experiences of commissioning a stained glass window and also looked at the Langland windows at Cleobury Mortimer and Worcester Cathedral, as well as examples of modern glass in Gloucester Cathedral, Ledbury and Hanley Swan.

In their following discussions, the PCC felt it would be better to have three small stained glass roundels in keeping with the 15th century glass we already have, rather than to commission something more overtly modern. Keith Brettle, one of the recommended stained glass artists (who has done restoration work at Little Malvern Priory in the past), was approached to produce possible designs. These were twice modified after discussions at PCC meetings, but basically would portray William Langland the poet, Little Malvern Priory itself and Piers Plowman, the subject of the poem.

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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