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Welsh Saints

  Welsh Saints

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1949 and 1959

Four-light window with numerous Welsh saints. Included in the window are single figures of David, Teilo, Dyfrig, Gwynllyw, Cenydd, Illtud, while in groups of three are Winefride, Elli and Tudful; Cyfelach, Rhidian and Gwladys; Padarn, Cadog and Beuno; Deiniol, Theodoric (Tewdrig) and Gildas; Tegwell, Brynach and Cyndeyrn; and Brychan with his wife and four of his children. The coats of arms of the six Welsh dioceses are also shown at the top of the window.

size: 50 cm (width of each light) [approx]
firm/studio: Celtic Studios

Church of St Gabriel, Brynmill, Swansea
west wall of the nave

The window was originally commissioned in 1949, but each panel was funded by individual families and installed in two stages in 1949 (the central lights) and 1959 (outer lights). The whole remains quite consistent in terms of design and execution.

One of the most comprehensive depictions of Welsh saints in stained glass. Although figures such as Beuno and Deiniol are included, there is a bias towards saints from south Wales.

Record added by Martin Crampin. Last updated on 03-07-2021


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Welsh SaintsSt Gwenfrewi, St Elli and St Tydfil: Welsh SaintsSt Brychan and his Children: Welsh SaintsSt Padarn, St Cadoc and St Beuno: Welsh SaintsSt Gwynllyw: Welsh Saints

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Further reading

Maurice Broady, A Vision Fulfilled: The story of Celtic Studios and Swansea's architectural glass tradition (Swansea: West Glamorgan Archive Service, 2010), pp. 37, 42, 114.


John Newman, The Buildings of Wales: Glamorgan (London/Cardiff: 1995), p. 584.


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Martin Crampin (ed.), Stained Glass in Wales Catalogue, University of Wales Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies, Aberystwyth, 2021. (accessed 25 April 2024)


  Welsh Saints

Photo © Martin Crampin

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