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A new memorial window

A moment in time for Tisbury Community

A beautiful work of art in a fitting location

A New East Window
for
St John's 
Church, Tisbury 

VISION

A worn-out window provides a visionary opportunity for a village to commemorate its loved ones.

The East window at St John's, Tisbury, damaged through time and poor restoration, now has a new  vision. St John's Church has decided to commission a beautiful new window which is intended to serve as a thanksgiving, a memorial to our community's loved ones. A place of beauty, contemplation and peace.

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IMAGINE

An explosion of colour

"We enter through the north door of the church in a quiet moment. We go forward so we can look each way down the length of the 800-year-old building.

We pause for a few minutes to take in the stillness of the great space.

We look left to the east and wow! there seems to be an explosion of colour, a great golden light shining through the five long sections of the new window.

We feel a sense of wonder, excitement and joy as we slowly enter the St Andrew’s chapel to approach the source of the light.

We dimly see figures of people and birds caught up in glory and of a background which, almost in the shape of a tree, connects the Wiltshire countryside outside with us within this place of worship. Above the main panels are detached shapes which seem to flutter like falling leaves to the ground, perhaps representing those who have passed before us."

 

An impression of the new window's impact:
Martin Shallcross, Focus Magazine

BE PART OF IT

 

How can this be achieved?

The Cathedral is responsible for the structural repairs and will fund a value equivalent to the installation of plain glass. We have been given approval to replace the faded and damaged existing window with new stained glass. The artist and design have also been approved - we now need to find the money to pay for it.

INCLUSIVE

The new window will be beautiful and create a place of peace for you to sit and remember your loved ones, it will be much more, it will also become a record of our community  - a moment in time.

 

We will create a memorial book to accompany the window which will be on permanent display in the church. Each part of the window will be recorded and illustrated, with a record of the sponsors and their personal memorials.

 

A copy of the book will always be available in the church for you, your friends and descendants to visit.

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1649

Clutterbuck Window

Time and inept restoration

Sadly, damage, decay and poor restoration led to further deterioration and loss of detail.

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Commissioned in 1860, the stained glass has lost substantial colour and in places the original glass has been crudely replaced. Designed by Charles Clutterbuck (1806-1861) the window was completed the year before he died. Unfortunately buy this time his work had declined in quality and craftsmanship.

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Extensive forays into the area of Victorian stained glass window societies has finally deemed full restoration as part of the repairs unfeasible, but the best parts of the window are to be incorporated into the Lady Chapel window.

OUR LOCATION

St John's Church has an 850 year history in which it is centrally placed - both nationally and internationally. It seems fitting that we honour and continue this by bringing a renowned artist's work to Tisbury.

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