Night scene in Cockermouth Church

With a busy night time economy and some good real ale pubs its too easy to miss out on some startling scenes, I was lucky to walk past this Church one evening when it was lit from inside and created a magical and picturesque scene.

They’re posh at the top of the hill

Murray Road in Rugby runs downhill from the town centre to the railway station, at the bottom of the Road was the workshops factories and station yard.

The workers bought the houses at the bottom of the hill and the managers at the top. The houses at the top are generally bigger and have fancier doors and fittings.

Here is an example of beautifully designed intricate stained glass door side panels and top light.

British class system on display!


Look up!

Here is a reminder that the best views are not necessarily at eye level and this window above a shop in Keswick demonstrates the point.

How many people have walked past this shop and looked at the goods on display and completely missed the beautiful stained glass in the very top of the window.

By the way the shop sells elegant stuff if your interested


Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Castries St Lucia

Stepping out of the Caribbean heat and into this wonderful and cool Cathedral is a revelation. The stained glass windows depicting the life and death of Christ are designed with all the colour and flair you would expect on a tropical island.

Using the techniques developed in Europe but with the warmth  energy and exuberance of the local people these windows are second to none.

Dramatic bay windows in Shrewsbury

If your going to have a bay window, then have a bay window. Set it with Ionic stone columns with a wrought iron balcony above it, floor to ceiling windows and georgian bar for decoration. Such a setting would be a perfect location for the meeting of a couple like Aristotle Onassis and Maria Callas?


St Chads Church, Shrewsbury, Shropshire

The Church of St Chads in Shrewsbury is remarkable for a number of reasons, its round for a start. But what intrigued me is the variety of stained glass on show. There are great windows with beautiful and delicate painted glass. It has traditional leaded stained glass depicting scenes from the Bible and it has huge panels of vivid colours.

Church of St Mary the Virgin, Shrewsbury, Shropshire

We are so fortunate to have these Churches preserved for the Nation. Even though this is a redundant Church there are people committed to maintaining its beauty and dignity for the world to enjoy.

It has been a regular place of worship for centuries and has some remarkable features including one of the tallest spires of any English Church and some beautiful stained glass. It’s Jesse window features scenes from the Old Testament prophets, Kings and scenes from  the life of St Bernard.

Additional windows were purchased in the early 19th century by the Reverend Rowland from the Abbey of Altenburg near Cologne and demonstrate the skill of German stained glass

Doors to make an entrance

These doors in the town of Shrewsbury show how one can make a statement to visitors by there size position and ornamentation.

The first one is almost humble in its size and proportion but is belied by its beautiful and intricate lead work.

The second one (white one) deliberately offers a grand approach to visitors and one can only imagine the opulence behind the door, but first one must climb the stairs.

The third one is all about scale and grandeur, the proportion of the entrance being exaggerated by the white painted render and the crescent shaped top light.