Winchester Mystery Glass

In response to Rev. Insley’s request for information in 1987, Winchester historians said the collection of glass shards from Winchester could not have come from the cathedral, as its windows had been boarded up and survived intact through the War.

They suggest that a possible source of Winchester glass – judging by the unmatching fragments – was a 1936 discovery of a trove of French glass fragments buried at nearby Salisbury Cathedral. This glass, determined to be 14th- and 15th-century French glass, was being used for windows in a local chapel in the post-war period, at the time of Rev. Appleyard’s request.

The ‘Winchester’ fragments are located in the bottom left-hand corner of Window 3 (but not the grey-scale head which is from Southampton)… perhaps the fleur de lis and helmeted knight figures are the well-travelled ‘booty’ of previous conquests.


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