SO7745 : Magnificat Window, Great Malvern Priory

taken 7 years ago, near to Great Malvern, Worcestershire, Great Britain

Magnificat Window, Great Malvern Priory
Magnificat Window, Great Malvern Priory
Magnificat comes from Mary's song of praise to God for making her the Mother of Jesus." Magnificat anima mea Dominum, et exsultavit spiritus meus in Deo salvatore meo" or "My soul doth magnify the Lord : and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour".

This was the last medieval window to be completed.
It was made in 1501/2 and was possibly given by Henry VII - he and his son can be seen kneeling at the bottom.
The window depicts the story of Incarnation, and is filled with scenes from the life of Jesus, as witnessed by his mother Mary.
The narrative begins at the bottom and moves across and upwards.
The large blue vesica depicts the coronation of Mary in heaven.
It was made by Richard Twygge and Thomas Wodeshawe, who also created windows for Gloucester Cathedral and Westminster Abbey.
Great Malvern Priory

Grade I listed.
Great Malvern Priory was originally founded in 1085 by a monk from Worcester. The pillars and arches of the nave are Norman, some of the stones still bear the mason's marks.
The Priory was expanded and redesigned in the 15th century. It began about 1440 in the Perpendicular style. It was consecrated by the Bishop of Worcester in 1460.
At the dissolution the people of Malvern raised the then vast sum of 20 and bought the Priory. Although it escaped damage in the Civil War, it was during the 18th century that the Priory suffered most, and was not until mid Victorian times that the major restoration works started.
The Priory was built to house 30 Benedictine monks, although there were never that many there. At the time of the black death the number was reduced to 10. The cloisters were on the south side of the Priory, but have long since disappeared. There was also once a south transept and Lady chapel which were both destroyed during the dissolution of the monasteries. The 13th century lady chapel was originally built over an existing crypt.
The Priory has two sets of misericords, the earlier group dates from the 14th century and depicts miscellaneous subjects. The second set depicts the labours of the months, and was carved in the 15th century. There is also a collection of mediaeval tiles dating from 1453. About 100 different designs survive.
The sanctuary contains an effigy of the 13th century knight and also an Elizabethan monument to John Knotsford and his wife. There are several stained-glass windows with mediaeval glass.
Charles Darwin's daughter is buried in the churchyard. She died aged 10 probably of tuberculosis.
There is a fine four manual organ by Nicholson.

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Sunday, 24 August, 2014   (more nearby)
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Sunday, 24 August, 2014
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Religious sites 
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Great Malvern Priory 
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Great Malvern 
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Window 
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OSGB36: geotagged! SO 775 458 [100m precision]
WGS84: 52:6.6310N 2:19.7189W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SO 776 458
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Northwest (about 315 degrees)
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