The Ancient Craft of Stained Glass

Join Susan Bradbury of the Stained Glass Design Partnership, Ayrshire in a talk about the glory of All Saints Challoch ten stained glass windows at the Church. The windows were the work of eminent stained glass artists, Charles Eamer Kempe and Charles Alexander Gibbs.

The Stained Glass Partnership has undertaken many conservation projects in Scotland and England for all sorts of buildings including homes, schools and libraries as well as chapels, churches and synagogues. Interesting examples are a window larger than a tennis court for Norwich Union Insurance, and the Burns memorial window in Alloway Auld Kirk.

Examples of Kempe’s work can be seen at 58 sites in Scotland, including St. Mary’s Cathedral, Edinburgh, Girvan Old Parish Church and All Saints Challoch – as well as Chester, Gloucester, Hereford, Lichfield, Winchester and York cathedrals in England. Charles Alexander Gibbs (1825-72) was one of three sons of Isaac Alexander Gibbs who became stained glass designers. The family firm was established in about 1848 but split when Charles Gibbs set up his own works at 148 Marylebone Road, London in 1858. His most elaborate surviving works can be seen in the east window at St. Mary’s Church, Bideford and All Saints, Margaret Street.
The use of stained glass in churches stems from medieval times originally when the large majority of the population were illiterate. They were a way of telling bible stories and depicting saints, in vivid colours. In the mid 1800’s there was a revival of Gothic architecture, when many new churches and cathedrals were built and older ones restored leading to a revival of stained glass techniques.
Tickets cost £5 (children under 16 free), and include a tea/coffee and a booklet about All Saints Stained Glass. There is free parking and disabled entrance and toilet on site.

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