Gloucestershire Historic Churches Trust


Stained glass in Gloucestershire churches – nine of the best

Stained glass has been used to decorate churches for hundreds of years, and we’re fortunate to have some fine examples locally in Gloucestershire, South Gloucestershire and North Bristol.

A combination of engineering skills and artistic expression, in medieval times it was the principal pictorial art form, illustrating Bible stories to largely illiterate congregations.

The dissolution of the monasteries during the Reformation of the 1540s saw widespread destruction as buildings were pulled down, windows smashed and any replacements made in clear glass.

A few notable surviving examples can be found in monastic churches that were adapted to cathedrals or parish churches – including Gloucester and Tewkesbury.

It was not until the Gothic revival of the 19th century that significant endeavours were made to rediscover the techniques involved. As a result, many churches now feature good quality Victorian stained glass windows.

Find our favourite examples of stained glass in and around Gloucestershire here

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Tewkesbury Abbey

Light flooding though Tewkesbury Abbey’s stained glass windows

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