Church Stained Glass Windows
recorded by Robert Eberhard - updated January 2020
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Stained Glass Windows at St James the Less & St Helen
Colchester, Essex
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WindowDateLightsFirm DesignerSubjectsMemorialSource
ApN+18991Lavers & Westlake ?BVMJohn & Thomas O'Connell
ApNE19041Lavers & Westlake signedGood ShepherdRobert Anderson +1904Barking Advertiser 12.10.1904 for date
ApE1Heaton, Butler & BayneAscension (from Leicester, St Leonard)English Heritage:Catholic Churches List
ApSE19041Light of WorldRev Angelo Lucas +1902Barking Advertiser 12.10.1904 for date
ApS+19011Lavers & Westlake ?St CatherinePaul Aggio
SChE (N)1Heaton, Butler & BayneNativityStylistic attribution
SChE(S)1PuginAnnunciation (from redundant church in Derbyshire)English Heritage:Catholic Churches List
SA1+18951Lavers & WestlakeSt JosephLaurence BranganStylistic attribution
SA2+19081WestlakeSt John BaptistCatherine AggioStylistic attribution
SA319051St CeciliaJane Fawsett
WW3Charge to Peter;Crucifixion;Risen Christ (reset)
NChE2St John;St James
NA11Lavers & WestlakeSt Thomas MartyrStylistic attribution
NA219091WestlakeSt James25th year priesthood Rev BloomfieldEast Anglian Times 8.11.1909
NA3+18701Lavers Barraud & WestlakeSt Elizabeth of HungaryMary LockhartStylistic attribution
   

Location of windows

The coding system is based on that used in Nineteenth Century Norfolk Stained Glass by Birkin Haward. All windows are numbered consecutively from east to west in any north or south facing wall and from the centre outwards in any east or west facing wall. Windows of 2 and 3 lancet lights are shown as 2 and 3 light.
A plan and key from the book by Birkin Haward is shown below.

Coding system plan

   

Dates

In the column headed date, the date (without a + sign) is the date the window was made. In that column and in the column headed Memorial a date prefixed by a + sign is the date of death commemorated in the window.

Firms / Designers

The booklet Stained Glass Marks & Monographs published by NADFAS, 8 Guilford Street, London, WC1N 1DA provides details of makers’ signatures and marks and short biographical information on many designers and firms.

Main subjects

A reasonably comprehensive listing of subjects is provided, except in cases where there are many small scenes or many saints, particularly if the windows are high up. For reasons of space, the title ‘Saint’ has often been omitted, most commonly in 4 evangelist windows.

Persons and events commemorated

These are mainly recorded only as a cross-reference to documentation.