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colourful rose window of St Albans Cathedral

Rose window in St Albans Cathedral, Hertfordshire, June 2020

This rose window was installed in the 1888 by Edmund Beckett, 1st Baron Grimthorpe. This wealthy but amateur architect, funded much of the vast repair work required by the Cathedral at that time. He was a man of very strong views on design, and he chose to have the old Perpendicular window (he didn’t like perpendicular) demolished and his design inserted. The rose window consisted of circles and lozenges set in five rings around the central light. There are sixty-four lights in total, each circle with a different glazing pattern. He didn’t like colour either, and this rose window was made of plain glass.

A hundred years later, the window was reglazed in bright colours, and it was opened by Diana, Princess of Wales, in 1989.

rose window and surrounding walls and arches of St Albans Cathedral



Copyright Debbie Smyth, 12 July 2020

Posted as part of SquarePerspectives

21 replies »

    • I agree that my b&w version looks good 🙂 🙂
      I don’t know what Grimthorpe’s looked like – probably not as intricate. Generally speaking, people recognise that his money saved the cathedral from collapse, but they still didn’t like him. As much for his personality as his artistic views 😉

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