Thursday, June 05, 2008

Royd's Chapel East Window

Royd's Chapel East Window, originally uploaded by fotofacade.

The Royd's Chapel East Window is prickling with information and surely is intrinsically a vessel of communication? On the one hand we have the symbolism of the building of Solomon's Temple complete with plan. Then we have the image of Albert Hudson Royds incorporated into the Master Mason and then his initials and date of foundation inscribed into the glass. At the top we have 3 symbols of freemasonry.

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

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