St. John, Tuebrook, Liverpool / by Sasha Ward

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I have a plan to visit as many William Morris stained glass windows as I can this summer. So while in Liverpool this week doing research for a separate project, I tracked down an exceptional example from 1868 in the suburb of Tuebrook. In this highly painted and decorated Victorian church designed by Bodley, W.M's window stands out more than I could have imagined.

'Of the six figures in this very beautiful window, only one occurs in an earlier window... the others appear to have been designed specially for Tuebrook. Though all were repeated many times elsewhere, they nowhere make such a splendid effect as here'.  A. Charles Sewter, from 'The Stained Glass of William Morris and his Circle'.