Set of Windows in the Baptistry Chapel

  Set of Windows in the Baptistry Chapel

Photo © Martin Crampin, Imaging the Bible in Wales

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Set of eight cruciform windows. The windows include a pierced hand, a dove, a foot passing though waters with a serpent, a fountain, a broken chain with a star amid the waters, hands tied with a serpent, and a sword. All the windows are coloured blue, and appear to be set in water, appropriate to the waters of baptism.

technique: stained glass
size: 50 cm (width) [approx]
artist: John Petts

Church of the Blessed Sacrament, Gorseinon, Swansea
north west wall

The colouring of these windows is very similar to that employed in the side windows for Brighton and Hove New Synagogue, also made in the late 1960s, while the blues continued to be used in windows such as his Peace Window at St Mary, Fishguard, in 1984.


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Set of Windows in the Baptistry ChapelHandsPierced HandDoveFoot Passing through Water With a SerpentHands Tied Together by a SerpentSwordFountainBroken Chain

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Further reading

Alison Smith, 'Light, Colour and the Bible: The Stained Glass Windows of John Petts (1914-91)' (Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2010), pp. 229-30.


John Newman, The Buildings of Wales: Glamorgan (London/Cardiff: 1995), p. 363.

Alison Smith, 'John Petts: Designer-Craftsman 1914-1991' The Journal of Stained Glass, vol. xix, no. 2 (1991–3), p. 227.

Directory of Master Glass Painters (London: Oriel Press (The British Society of Master Glass-Painters), 1972), p. 78.

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  Set of Windows in the Baptistry Chapel

Photo © Martin Crampin, Imaging the Bible in Wales

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