Stained Glass

The windows of Gloucester Cathedral contain stained glass from the 14th century to the present day, some of which is amongst the most important of its kind in England:


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Medieval Stained Glass
Gloucester Cathedral’s Great East Window is situated in the Quire behind the high altar and dominates the very heart of the Cathedral. In fact, it is as big as a tennis court! Installed in the early 1350’s, the window is one of the greatest landmarks of English medieval glass.
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Heraldic Glass
In the Cloisters, the majority of medieval glass has been lost. However, there are other gems to be discovered. In one of the central bays on the south side of the Cloister there are 12 panels and roundels of Tudor heraldic glass.
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Victorian Glass
Gloucester Cathedral boasts a vast collection of Victorian stained glass and most workshops of the period are represented within the building.
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Arts & Crafts
In the early 20th century the Lady Chapel was largely re-glazed by Christopher Whall with scenes depicting the life of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Vibrant colours and painting of the highest quality typify what is widely acknowledged to be the finest Arts and Crafts glass in England.
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The Twentieth and Twenty-First Century
Continuing the tradition of stained glass at Gloucester Cathedral, the Dean and Chapter have commissioned recent works by Alan Younger, Caroline Swash and Thomas Denny. These include Thomas Denny’s ‘Ivor Gurney’ window which was produced in 2014 to commemorate the much-loved Gloucestershire composer.
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