War Memorials

  War Memorials

Photo © Martin Crampin

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1924 and 1948
Four-light window comprising four lights from two former windows. The centre standing figures are Dorcas and George, while the two outer lights were formerly a pair, Christ with an angel holding a crown at the left, and a kneeling soldier at the right, with ruined buildings behind.

technique: stained glass

firm/studio: J. Newton Whitely
firm/studio: E. G. Croney

Church of All Saints, Cwmffrwdoer, Pontnewynydd, Torfaen
west wall of the nave

The centre lights are from a 1924 war memorial, and the outer lights from one of 1948, brought here from the Church of St Luke, Pontnewynydd. after closure. Attributions are provided in The Buildings of Wales: Gwent/Monmouthshire as J. Newton Whitely for the 1924 window, and E.G. Croney for the later window, both of Bristol. Few attributions to either artist/studio are known, and they may have simply supplied the windows. The Second World War memorial window is similar to the work of G. Maile & Son, whose work was popular in south Wales in the late 1940s and 50s, while the style of the First World War memorial window is close to the work of J. Wippell & Co. of Exeter, as identified at the Church of St Mary, Briton Ferry, where the single-light aisle window shows very close similarities.

The pairing of Dorcas and George is an unusual one for a war memorial. The theme of the crown of life was frequently chosen for war memorial windows after the First Word War, but slightly less so after the Second World War.


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Dorcas and St George: War MemorialsChrist and an Angel: War MemorialsKneeling Soldier: War Memorials

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Further reading

Martin Crampin, Attributing windows, unknown makers, and suppliers of stained glass (2016).


John Newman, The Buildings of Wales: Gwent/Monmouthshire (London/Cardiff: 2000), p. 475.

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  War Memorials

Photo © Martin Crampin

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