RESTORATION & PRESERVATION APPEAL
for the Stained Glass Windows at All Saints
The church of All Saints, North Street contains an exceptional collection of stained glass dating from the second quarter of the fourteenth century and
the first half of the fifteenth century, distributed across thirteen windows. The glass is not only of great quality, but is also of exceptional
iconographic interest, with windows depicting rare and in one instance, unique, subjects in stained glass. The windows offer a glimpse into the
devotional life of a wealthy and literate late medieval parish.
We need to raise £100,000 to protect and safeguard this collection of national importance.
It is one of the most extensive parish church collections to
survive the Reformation, offering insights into the devotional lives of the laymen and women who donated the windows.
The windows have been repaired numerous times since their creation in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. In the nineteenth and twentieth centuries
great efforts were made to restore them and to safeguard their structural stability through re-leading, most recently in the 1960s and 70s.
- Glass throughout the church now shows signs of chemical deterioration and corrosion of both surfaces. Paint and stain have already been lost and in
every window in the church surviving paint and stain, both medieval and nineteenth century, are now fragile and vulnerable to further loss.
- Preventive conservation in the form of ventilated external protective glazing (often termed isothermal glazing) must now be a priority for all windows containing stained glass.
- This intervention will keep the historic stained glass dry and protected from those environmental factors that cause the deterioration described above.
In addition, the windows will be relived of their role as a weather shield.
Here are just a few examples of the size of challenge faced to restore and protect the condition of the stained glass:
Lost and fragile seventeenth century blue enamel, West Window
Failing lead net with gaps between glass and lead
cracking due to impact damage (probably vandalism)
and loose medieval paint in the Blackburn Window(digital microscope images)
With your help we can safeguard this nationally important historical treasure.
Please follow the links below to help safeguard this unique piece of history.
Corporate donations are welcome, personal gifts from UK tax payers can be made using Gift Aid.