Christ in Glory
The Vesiga by Burne-Jones
glory of Speldhurst is the stained glass windows by
Morris & Co.", said Nicklaus Pevsner in his
guide,"The Buildings of England". When
St. Mary's Church, Speldhurst was rebuilt late in the
last century Canon Hichens and others had the wisdom
to engage Morris and Co. to provide stained glass windows
designed by Burne-Jones. This little parish church is
now blessed with fine examples of Pre-Raphaelite craftsmanship.
Visitors are welcomed from far and wide to enjoy their
splendour and colour. Sir Edward Burne-Jones was born
in Birmingham and attended Exeter College, Oxford where
he met William Morris who was the eldest son of a successful
London stockbroker. Morris was brought up in prosperity
and provided with an expensive education. When he came
of age he inherited a sizeable income. At university
the two quickly became friends and agreed to devote
themselves to art and politics. They were influenced
by Rosetti and worked with him on frescoes for the Oxford
Union Debating Hall. They collaborated in an effort
to revive and improve craftsmanship and other lost skills.
They provided designs for tapestry, book illustrations
and paintings for Morris and Co. Burne-Jones' influence
was most marked in the decorative arts and he was noted
particularly for his designs of stained glass windows.
Praise the Lord
Praise him in the sound of the trumpet: praise him
upon the lute and harp. Praise him in the cymbals
and dances: praise him upon the strings and pipe.
Praise him upon the well-tuned cymbals: praise
him upon the loud cymbals. Let everything that
hath breath: praise the lord.