Car Di

 Car Di

Photo © Martin Crampin, Imaging the Bible in Wales

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about 1972
Coloured window with the words Car di (Welsh: Love thou).

technique: stained glass
size: 60 cm (height) [approx]
artist: John Petts

Church of St Mary, Llandovery, Carmarthenshire
south wall of the chancel

This small window was Petts' gift to the church, and occupies what is traditionally known as a 'Leper window' from its low position in the chancel wall. Petts has taken up the theme of the outcast/outsider in his choice of design and text, which for him summarized the teaching of Christ. A visiting member of the editorial staff of the New York Times, on seeing it, said it was 'the best inscription, and the best prescription, for living'.

The text evokes many of the commandments, injunctions and sayings of Christ, and has no specific reference.


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Further reading

Alison Smith, 'John Petts: Designer-Craftsman 1914-1991' The Journal of Stained Glass, vol. xix, no. 2 (1991–3), pp. 217, 226.

Alison Smith, 'Light, Colour and the Bible: The Stained Glass Windows of John Petts (1914-91)' (Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2010), p. 227.


Thomas Lloyd, Julian Orbach and Robert Scourfield, The Buildings of Wales: Carmarthenshire and Ceredigion (London: Yale University Press, 2006), p. 292.

View this object on the Stained Glass in Wales Catalogue

 Car Di

Photo © Martin Crampin, Imaging the Bible in Wales

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