Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden

Detail from three lights. The text to each light from left to right reads:-

Left: "She shall be called woman because she was taken out of man"
Centre: "The eyes of them both were opened"
Right: "The Lord God sent them forth from the Garden of Eden"

At Saint Edmund is a complete scheme of stained glass (with some missing lights) by Lavers, Barraud & Westlake. It is fascinating to know that Henry Holiday (who was behind the frieze at Rochdale Town Hall) also designed for them. Pevsner says that the scheme isn't quite up to the whole concept and some windows do play a secondary role to the strong masonic theme - but - there are some real gems - especially in the artwork - which jump out from the others. Amongst them is this window in the Nave which shows real empathy for the plight of Adam and Eve. They say a picture tells a thousand words. Just look at the full window here

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