Plan to replace Thornhill Parish Church stained glass window with replica

A panel from a stained glass window relica being made for Thornhill parish church

A panel from a stained glass window relica being made for Thornhill parish church

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A QUEST to create a replica of an ancient stained glass window has begun at a church.

The 15th century original is deteriorating, so clergy and worshippers at Thornhill Parish Church want to commission a replacement and put elements of the medieval glass in a special chapel.

The glass in the east window of the Savile Chapel is a rare depiction of the Heavenly City and was recorded in detail by restorers in the 19th century.

Now, a conference has been arranged to start the process of creating the replica.

Titled A New Jerusalem, the conference – set for October 13 – will bring together glass science, art history and conservation. It will provide a case study of the East Window and chart the birth of a new one.

Church project manager Brian Pearson said: “The conference aims to examine the how and why of this uniquely fascinating scheme and promote informed debate.”

The event will feature three speakers, buffet lunch and other refreshments. Booking information is online at thornhillparishchurch.org.uk/stainedglassday.htm.

Thornhill church contains several 15th century windows which were restored in the late 1800s.