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3 places to see beautiful stained glass in England

Inspired by Volume 4 of our The History of Glass series – which focuses on Medieval Glass – we decided to highlight 3 beautiful examples of stained glass within England that you can go and visit during the summer.

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  1. St Paul’s Monastery, Jarrow (Tyne and Wear)

The monastery at Jarrow was one of Europe’s most influential centres of learning and culture in the 7th century. The remains standing today are from the medieval monastery, but part of the Anglo-Saxon monastery survives today as the chancel of St Paul’s Church.

Visiting information Free to enter and open any reasonable time during daylight hours. Sat nav NE32 2DY.

Reconstructed stained glass made from excavated glass from St Paul’s Church, Jarrow, Courtesy of the Jarrow Hall Museum Collection

However, to see Europe’s largest collection of Saxon Coloured Window Glass you will need to make your way over to Jarrow Hall around the corner from the church.

2. St Lawrence Jewry, City of London

The official church to the Lord Mayor of London, this place of worship was destroyed in the Great Fire of 1666 and rebuilt to the designs of Sir Christopher Wren (St Paul’s Cathedral). Understated compared to its designers grander projects, this baroque building was extensively damaged during the Second World War but still remained standing and was made a listed building in 1950.

Visiting information Equidistant to 4 Tube stations: Bank (Exit 9), Mansion House, St. Paul’s and Moorgate. EC2V 5AA (next to Guildhall).


Want a deeper stained-glass fix whilst in London? Hot foot your way across the city to the splendid V&A museum (free entry) where you will find a very good collection of glass from Egyptian to the present day.

3. Claife Heights Viewing Station, Ambleside (Cumbria)

On the shores of the largest lake in England you will find this viewing station built in the 1790s which offers breath-taking views of Windermere and its surrounding area.

Best known for its dinner dances in 1830s and 40s – which had the exciting novelty of being reached by boat – the building had windows tinted with coloured glass, designed to recreate the landscape under different seasonal conditions. Yellow created a summer landscape, orange an autumn one, light green for spring, dark blue for moonlight and so on.

Although open air and inclined to be classed as ruins, the National Trust have restored the remaining structure bringing back the coloured glass to provide the 21st century visitor with a similar visual experience guests had 200 years ago.

Visiting information Take the ferry from Bowness on Windermere and you are just a few minutes away from this location where there is also a café. Sat nav LA22 0LR.

Did you know you are only 40 minutes – and a beautiful along-the-lake drive – from the Cumbria Crystal shop and factory? Come and see our artisans at work and get to see our luxurious crystal for yourself. Just head to Ulverston and we are opposite Booths at the entrance to the town (sat nav LA12 7LB).

Do you have a favourite spot featuring stained or coloured glass? Let us know via social media or email Photographs are always welcomed.

2 thoughts on “3 places to see beautiful stained glass in England

  1. Beautiful stained glass windows.
    St Mary’s church Cleator Cumbria design by 1872, by E W Pugin.
    Lovely nineteenth century stained glass in the transept chapels in a Kempe-ish style.
    Also aisle windows contain striking glass of the 1950s by the Earley Studios in the manner of Ervin Bossanyi.

    1. Thank you so much for these suggestions Margaret

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