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Rose Window, St Mary's, Wednesbury

Rose window at the east end of the south aisle by Aidan McRae Thomson for Norgrove Studios in 2005.


St Mary on the Hill in Wednesbury, an impressive Catholic church whose copper spire, along with that of the neighbouring St Bartholomew's Anglican church, forms a striking hilltop group visible from the M6 nearby.


The church was built in 1872 to the designs of Gilbert Blount and has a distinctive banded brick exterior with stone dressings and a north west steeple. The interior is most attractive, mostly rendered in white with ochre and red in the apse.


The church contains a good collection of stained glass windows of several different periods, largely postwar and more recent. There are many windows by Hardman's (in contrasting Victorian and more modern styles) along with some good work by Hendra & Harper of the 1960s. The most recent window is also the smallest, a rose window in the south east corner which I designed and made in 2005.


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Taken on April 22, 2005