Stained Glass of St Mary, Banham Norfolk
The most distinctive feature of this attractive church is its lead covered spire. At some 125ft high it makes a highly visible landmark which has the dubious distinction as being used by pilots during World War II as a guide when returning to the nearby airfields!
Although renovated in the 19th century, the main structure of the church was built during the 14th century. The windows themselves are predominantly of the Decorated period, with the inevitable Victorian additions. This is particularly true of the somewhat “exuberant” east window and much of the glass. Five of the windows have been designed by J Powell & Sons, the same distinguished London firm who completed all of the windows at the nearby St John the Baptist, Garboldisham. These are supplemented by other windows of varying quality including one 16th century panel.