William Wailes (1838-1914)

Stained Glass firm established by William Wailes in Newcastle-on-Tyne in 1838. It quickly became one of the two largest workshops in England with a vast output (the other was Hardmans of Birmingham), and by 1851 William Wailes was employing 76 workmen. From 1838-45 he made windows for A.W.N. Pugin. Windows by Wailes are characterised by bright colours. Later work was more 'factually' Biblical, and even pictorial. After the death of William Wailes in 1881, the firm continued to make stained glass under the leadership of Thomas Rankine Strang, the son-in-law of William Wailes, using the name Wailes and Strang. Waile's daughter and Strang's wife, Margaret Janet Wailes, was probably the chief designer in the later stages of the firm's life.

Further reading

Ronald Torbet, The Wonderful Windows of William Wailes (Lancaster: Scotforth Books, 2003).



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  Scenes from the Gospels Scenes from the Gospels
firm/studio: William Wailes
1842
Church of All Saints, Llangorwen, Ceredigion
east wall of the chancel
  Christ with the Virgin Mary and St John Christ with the Virgin Mary and St John
firm/studio: William Wailes
1849
Church of St Gastyn, Llangasty Tal-y-llyn, Powys
east wall of the chancel
The Crucifixion with the Virgin Mary and St John
firm/studio: William Wailes
about 1851
Church of St Nicholas and St Teilo, Penally, Pembrokeshire
east wall of the chancel
  Peter's Confession, Christ Blessing the Children and Christ's Feet Anointed at Bethany Peter's Confession, Christ Blessing the Children and Christ's Feet Anointed at Bethany
firm/studio: William Wailes
1852
Church of St Deiniol, Hawarden, Flintshire
south wall of Whitley Chancel aisle
  Scenes from the Life of the Virgin Mary Scenes from the Life of the Virgin Mary
firm/studio: William Wailes
1852
St Beuno's College, Tremeirchion, Denbighshire
chapel
  Scenes from the Life of a Saint Scenes from the Life of a Saint
firm/studio: William Wailes
1852
St Beuno's College, Tremeirchion, Denbighshire
chapel
  Death of St Joseph and the Holy Family in the Carpenter's Workshop Death of St Joseph and the Holy Family in the Carpenter's Workshop
firm/studio: William Wailes
1852
St Beuno's College, Tremeirchion, Denbighshire
chapel
  Christ, Virgin Mary and Saints Christ, Virgin Mary and Saints
firm/studio: William Wailes
1852
St Beuno's College, Tremeirchion, Denbighshire
sanctuary of the chapel
  Peter Raises Tabitha, The Transfiguration and The Good Samaritan Peter Raises Tabitha, The Transfiguration and The Good Samaritan
firm/studio: William Wailes
about 1854
Church of St Deiniol, Hawarden, Flintshire
south wall of Whitley Chancel aisle
  The Ascension with Christ, Mary and Martha and Christ Blessing the Children The Ascension with Christ, Mary and Martha and Christ Blessing the Children
firm/studio: William Wailes
about 1854
Church of St Deiniol, Hawarden, Flintshire
south wall of Whitley Chancel




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