Church of St Thomas, Winchelsea (2)

For centuries following the invasions by the French and Spanish, the church fell into a state of serious neglect and disrepair.  The seventeenth century diarist John Evelyn described the ‘forlorn ruins’, and in the early nineteenth century it was described as ‘almost unfit for public worship.  The restoration of the church to its present beautiful condition has almost all been completed within the last 150 years.

Because the church originally formed part (the chancel) of a cathedral-size building, its proportions are consistent with that initial intent.  Most imposing of all are the stained glass windows.  The windows were designed by Douglas Strachan (1875-1950) and were dedicated by the Archbishop of Canterbury in 1933.

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The theme is Death and Ressurection

The main theme is the First Death. Adam, the first man, stands over the body of his dead son and shows in his face the agony of the first realisation of death

In the bottom right of the above window, Edward I examines the new church.

In the north and south walls are effigies which, it is believed, were retrieved from the church in Old Winchelsea before it was completely submerged.  They would therefore be more than 700 years old.


Filed under Colour, Pattern, Sunlight, Texture, Uncategorized

2 responses to “Church of St Thomas, Winchelsea (2)

  1. The detail in the stained glass/ stone work is astounding. The themes…hard to take in all at once.

    • You’re are absolutely right Elena. They are magnificent windows and the colours are stunning, but even standing before them with guide book in hand the themes are very complex, in some instances I felt unnecessarily so.

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