The Adoration of the Shepherds and the Magi and Scenes from the Early Life of Christ
Photo © Martin Crampin
1957Five-light window. Mary, Joseph and Christ-child at the centre of the window with shepherds and the Magi at either side and angels above. Saints in the outer lights and scenes below (from left to right): Christ at work as a carpenter with Joseph; Christ Among the Doctors of the Law; the Annunciation; Presentation in the Temple and the Baptism of Christ.
technique: stained glass
firm/studio: William Morris & Co (Westminster)
designer: Frederick W. Cole
Church of St Mary, Abergavenny, Monmouthshire
Signed and dated by the firm with their portcullis mark.
Text: 'Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace goodwill towards men' (Luke 2: 14).
Given in memory of Lt Col William Williams (d. 1924) of the Hall, Abergavenny, his parents William and Mary Williams, his brothers John Edward and Charles Berry Williams, Rosetta Pierce, and of Walter and Mary Norris.
The identity of the saints in the outer lights is not clear. The male figure in the left-hand light has a bird on his shoulder, and seems to represent David, although the bird does not look like a dove, his usual attribute. It is possible that the male figure in the right-hand light is Cadog, and the female figure behind is crowned, perhaps his mother Gwladys. Dedications to Cadog are fairly numerous in the area around Abergavenny. If this is correct it would be reasonable to assume that the female figure behind David is his mother Non.
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John Newman, The Buildings of Wales: Gwent/Monmouthshire (London/Cardiff: 2000), p. 94.
Directory of Master Glass Painters (London: Oriel Press (The British Society of Master Glass-Painters), 1972), p. 26.
Martin Crampin, Depicting St David (Talybont: Y Lolfa, 2020), p. 56.
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Photo © Martin Crampin
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