The Fall and Rise of Post Medieval Stained Glass

Paul Sharpling

4th May 2013

Conference Suite, Main Hall, St Andrew's Hospital, Billing Road, Northampton

The presentation will follow the development of stained glass windows in the diocese of Peterborough, with particular reference to Northamptonshire, from the mid-15th century to the present day, and will examine the way in which they reflect the ethos of the communities which commissioned them and their continued relevance for contemporary society.

Paul Sharpling grew up in Northampton where he attended Northampton Grammar School, and now lives in Kettering. He became absorbed by stained glass as a student at Cambridge, where he read Modern Languages, and subsequently at Oxford where he qualified as a language teacher. Since 1984 he has been engaged in a major project to record the stained glass in the original diocese of Peterborough. The first part of the project Stained Glass in Rutland Churches was published in 1997. The research for part 3, dealing with Leicestershire, has been completed, and it is hoped that part 2 will be published by this society next year. He has collaborated in the preparation of the revised edition of Pevsner's Northamptonshire and has translated works on stained glass from numerous European languages. He has taught courses for the WEA and lectured to many local societies. He is currently stained glass adviser to the diocese of Leicester.

This lecture followed the Annual General Meeting of the Society.

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