SO7745 : Millennium Window (east), Great Malvern Priory

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

Millennium Window (east), Great Malvern Priory
Millennium Window (east), Great Malvern Priory
There are two millennium windows at Great Malvern Priory designed and made by Thomas Denny. They were inspired by Psalm 36, verses which describe aspects of the nature of God.
Several techniques are used including acid etching on flashed glass, the use of silver nitrate to create a vibrant yellows and the detailed painting of the glass. The tracery is of both windows are filled with 15th century glass, the easterly of the two includes figures of Sir Robert de Bracy. This window contains a mountain similar to the Malvern Hills nearby, with a fallow deer looking towards a brook.
The western window comprises of an abstract winglike form with figures beneath. The tracery also contains figures by Denny. Both the windows were installed in 2004.
"Your steadfast love, O Lord, extends to the heavens,
Your faithfulness to the clouds.
Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains,
Your judgements are like the great deep;
You save humans and animals alike, O Lord.
How precious is Your steadfast love, O God!
All people may take refuge in the shadow of your wings.
They feast on the abundance of Your house,
and you give them drink from the river of Your delights.
For with you is the fountain of life; in your light we see light.
O continue your steadfast love to those who know You,
and Your salvation to the upright of heart!"
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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Tuesday, 29 July, 2014   (more nearby)
Friday, 10 October, 2014
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