The tracery in this window dates from the early 15th century. It was installed by Bishop William Alnwick and was a copy of the West Window in Westminster Hall.
Following the Reformation all stained glass was destroyed and replaced by plain glass. In 1854 the present window was designed and made by George Hedgeland at a cost of £1500 in memory of Bishop Edward Stanley, whose son Arthur Penhryn Stanley was Dean of Westminster. Described by David King as "a compromise between the Renaissance picture window and the Gothic Revival" the six main scenes each extend across three lights.In the style of 16th century German glass they are surmounted by Gothic canopies supported on columns.
George Hedgeland and his father were involved with the restoration of the windows at King's College Cambridge where medieval typology (i.e the medieval tradition of interpretation whereby Old Testament events are seen as anticipating those of the New) is prevalent. The same device is adopted here with New Testament scenes being paralleled with the Old Testament thus : The Nativity of Christ is paired with Moses in the Bulrushes, The Ascension of Christ is paired with The Brazen Serpent and Christ Teaching is paired with the Ten Commandments.
To tone the colours the window was at one time covered with a varnish,however, it was restored in 1995 and can now be seen as its designer intended
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