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The Whole Armour of God

  The Whole Armour of God

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Four-light window with St Michael and angels arming Lord Glantawe with the whole armour of God. Each of the items mentioned in Ephesians is annotated (helmet of salvation, sword of the spirit etc).

firm/studio: T. F. Curtis, Ward & Hughes

Church of All Saints, Oystermouth, Swansea
north wall of the nave (window number: nVI)

Texts: 'Take unto you the whole armour of God' (Ephesians 6:13) 'Watching thereunto with all perseverance' (Ephesians 6:18).

Given in memory of John Jones Jenkins Baron Glantawe of Swansea (1835-1915) by his daughters (amended with information provided by Edward Llewellyn-Jones).

Record added by Martin Crampin. Last updated on 14-11-2019


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Further reading

Geoffrey R. Orrin and F.G. Cowley, A History of All Saints' Church, Oystermouth (1990), p. 71.


User contributed comments

Lord Glantawe's name appears as John Jones when it should be John Jones Jenkins, although the inscription on the window leads to that presumption. For historical accuracy, he was born John Jenkins on the 10th May 1835 in Clydach and later in life he added his mother's maiden name as a middle one thus becoming John Jones Jenkins. The first official incidence was his first marriage in 1854. The other detail is that the face of the figure kneeling is that of him taken from a portrait photograph from... Show full comment

Submitted by: Edward Llewellyn-Jones (2011-12-06 16:13:52)
Editor's response: Many thanks for this clarification. Although family likenesses occur in stained glass, they are not especially common. The firm of T.F. Curtis, Ward & Hughes used family likenesses perhaps more than any other firm, and looking at this window again, they may well have been responsible for it, as I am sure they were for the Gifts of the Spirit window, in the south wall of the church.

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Martin Crampin (ed.), Stained Glass in Wales Catalogue, University of Wales Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies, Aberystwyth, 2019. (accessed 9 August 2020)

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