St Michael

  St Michael

Photo © Martin Crampin, Imaging the Bible in Wales

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about 1887
Single-light window. Angelic figure in classical armour.

technique: stained glass
size: 60 cm (width) [approx]
firm/studio: Shrigley & Hunt
designer: Carl Almquist

Church of St Bledrws, Betws Bledrws, Ceredigion
west end of the nave

Memorial to Herbert Inglis-Jones, 1886-87, by his mother, Lady Elizabeth. The glass displaced patterned glass of 1854 by Thomas Ward, which is now reset in the north wall of the chancel.

The Christian Warrior, seen here as the Archangel Michael. The classical armour recalls Paul's image of the breastplate of righteousness (Eph. 6:14), feet shod for the gospel of peace (v.15); shield of faith (v.16) and helmet of salvation (v.17). The archangel holds the gonfalon of the Resurrection.

The figure is reminiscent of the 'Good Soldier of Christ' in Conway Road Methodist Church, Cardiff - a First World War memorial.


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Further reading

William Waters, Stained Glass from Shrigley & Hunt of Lancaster and London (Lancaster: Centre for North-West Regional Studies University of Lancaster, 2003), pp. 32, 85.


Martin Crampin, Stained Glass from Welsh Churches (Talybont: Y Lolfa, 2014), pp. 169-70.

William Waters, Damozels and Deities: Pre-Raphaelite Stained Glass 1870–1898 (Abbots Morton: Seraphim, 2017), p. 303.

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  St Michael

Photo © Martin Crampin, Imaging the Bible in Wales

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