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Norfolk medieval stained glass. Apostles, patriarchs and prophets.

Most remaining Norfolk glass is from the fifteenth century. This is probably because much of the glass from the thirteenth and fourteenth century was destroyed when churches were enlarged and given bigger windows in the fifteenth century (and also during the iconoclasm of Edward vi’s reign). The earliest Norfolk glass is in Saxlingham Nethergate church, which has thirteenth century roundels of St Edmund’s martyrdom.

The martyrdom of St Edmund, Saxlingham Nethergate

There is good fourteenth century glass in Mileham west window, a couple of fourteenth century prophets in Bale.

There is a particular style in a number of windows of apostles, patriarchs and prophets. Full length portraits are backed by a three-sided screen, its height about three quarters of the height of the figures. Sometimes the quarry was decorated with the rose en soleil, the Yorkist badge.

The apostles in the windows of the Norwich Guildhall are particularly good

St Bartholomew, Norwich Guildhall (with screen and rose en soleil above)

and the finest of the patriarchs with perhaps the best stained glass work in Norfolk are found in the tracery lights  in the chancel at Salle church, where the panels are big enough to occupy the main lights of a smaller church. St Peter Hungate in Norwich has an excellent collection of glass, including some of the apostles. Stratton Strawless has a good quality window with the evangelists.

Elijah, Salle.

But the purpose of this post is not to discuss the work in great detail but to allow you, the viewer to look at the images and draw your own conclusions about the glass which was produced in Norwich in the fifteenth century.