Friday, 31 October 2014

Stained Glass at St Cuthberts, Carlisle

Stained Glass
St Cuthberts

St Cuthberts has a small but perfectly formed collection of stained glass, all dating from the 20th century, excepting of course the window containing the sole relics of the Norman church on this site.

Above. Stained glass window gifted to the church by the Latvian community.

The Latvian window was made by local firm, Elders, Walker and Millican Ltd, and was dedicated in 1982. The design was by John Rees.

Above. Window dedicated to the memory of James French Fearnley, Eric Henry Rennie and William Foster Woodhouse Telford....all of whom died in World War 2

Above. Window dedicated to Margaret Hodgkinson, mother of Joan. The window shows St Cuthberts and the Cathedral in the background.

Known as the St Mary window, this window was designed by R. R. Nichol.

Above. Collection of medieval glass.

This window is contains the only relics of the Norman church that once stood on this site and was demolished in 1778. It was assembled by the Glaziers of York Minster in 1961. The window is dedicated to Mary Annie Edgar (1874 to 1959) and her brother William (1877 to 1945) 

The following set of six windows shows the story of St Cuthbert's life, and all were designed by Nicholson Studios of London.

Above. Window dedicated to John Robert Cockbain, Choir Master and First Secretary of the Parochial Church Council.

The window shows Queen Etheldreda offering St Cuthbert a Stole and Maniple (liturgical vestments) 

Above. Window dedicated to Harold Beesley Wilson M.A., Hon. Canon of Carlisle and Vicar of the Parish from 1927 until 1956.

This window shows St Cuthbert being shown the Roman Well in Carlisle, when he visited in 685AD.

Above. Window dedicated to Benjamin Richmond Rickerby, Churchwarden from 1921 to 1923.

This window shows St Cuthbert of Lindisfarne....patron saint of the North of England, Great Master at Ripon Monastery, monk, hermit, Prior of Melrose, Prior of Lindisfarne and finally Bishop of Lindisfarne.

Above. Window dedicated to Ernest Millican Bulman and Margaret Bulman.

This window shows Prior Boisil of Melrose giving his ring of office to St Cuthbert, his successor.

Above. Window dedicated to James Nelson and Jane Nelson his wife.

This window shows St Cuthbert demonstrating his hospitality whilst the steward of Ripon Monastery.

Above. Window dedicated to Dr Henry Barnes M.D. 

This window shows St Cuthbert being received at Melrose as a young boy.

Carlisle, St Cuthberts

St Cuthberts

Above. St Cuthberts....the shyest church I've ever seen.

Above. Looking into the Chancel from the Nave.

Above. Looking into the Nave with its galleries.

Above. The Chancel and East window.

Above. St Cuthberts from Blackfriar Street.

Above. St Cuthberts from further down Blackfriar Street.

Sunday, 19 October 2014

News flash - Kendal Town Council announce bid to have Kendal Parish church raised to Minster status

Kendal Town Council have announced a bid to have Kendal Parish church raised to Minster status. This move, if successful, would raise Kendal's parish church to the same status as York Minster for example, and place it amongst 44 other 'Greater' churches nationally.

If the bid is successful, and it's currently with the Bishop of Carlisle for his deliberation, Kendal's Parish church will join the likes of Westminster in London, Beverly Minster, Ripon Cathedral, Lincoln Cathedral and of course, the mighty York Minster. To be amongst such illustrious company can only be a good thing for Kendal and the South Lakeland area as a whole, and would certainly be befitting of such a fantastic building, built on such a grand scale and possessing a multitude of important architectural details and furnishings. 

Check the Westmorland Gazette's story out for more information.