Church Stained Glass Windows
recorded by Robert Eberhard - updated January 2020
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Stained Glass Windows at St Mary the Virgin
Saffron Walden, Essex
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WindowDateLightsFirm DesignerSubjectsMemorialSource
EW18665Ward & HughesTop:Ascension, Below:Nativity;Baptism;Crucifixion;Last Supper;3 Maries at TombEliza TaylorBuilding News 13.4.1866
SC18723Ward & HughesFaith;Charity;HopeMary Kay, Isabella Taylor +1871Church Guide
SA118584Lavers & BarraudGood Shepherd;Prodigal Son;Good Samaritan;SowerChurch Guide
SA219164 (top)James Powell & SonsAnnunciation (1-2);Visitation (3-4)Mary Atkinson +1916Powell Order Book 21/346
SA219164 (below)James Powell & SonsRighteousness;Hospitality;Charity;FaithMary Atkinson +1916Powell Order Book 21/346
SA318694Ward & HughesChrist & Samarian woman;Noli me TangereJohn HardingSuffolk & Essex Free Press 28.6.1869
SA418594Lavers & Barraud4 EvangelistsJohn, Phillis & Sophia RickardThe Builder 20.8.1859
WW18883James Powell & SonsBVM;Simeon & baby Jesus;AnnaRev Ralph & Isabella CluttonPowell Order Book 8/180
NC18723Ward & HughesChrist with Mary & MarthaMary Kay, Isabella Taylor +1871Handbook to the parish church 1882
NChE19047Burlison & GryllsSaints (1-2, 6-7), Nativity (3-5)5th Baron Braybrooke +1902Chelmsford Chronicle 29.7.1904
NA118884James Powell & SonsChenanah;Heman;Jeduthun;AsaphJohn FryePowell Order Book 8/234
NA219094James Powell & SonsHealing, below:Temperance;Prudence;Justice;FortitudeHarold Atkinson +1908Powell Order Book 18/393
NA319124James Powell & SonsAlban;Helena;Etheldreda;EdmundMary Maria Tuke +1911Powell Order Book 20/126
NAW2000c of 5Tony Sandlessmall roundel:Madonna & childChurch Guide
S Cler1-218563 eachJames Powell & SonsOrnamentalEssex Standard 27.6.1856;Powell Cash Book 50/167

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



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.