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William Wailes (1838-1914)


Stained Glass firm established by William Wailes in Newcastle-on-Tyne in 1838. It quickly became one of the two largest workshops in England with a vast output (the other was Hardmans of Birmingham), and by 1851 William Wailes was employing 76 workmen. From 1838-45 he made windows for A.W.N. Pugin. Windows by Wailes are characterised by bright colours. Later work was more 'factually' Biblical, and even pictorial. After the death of William Wailes in 1881, the firm continued to make stained glass under the leadership of Thomas Rankine Strang, the son-in-law of William Wailes, using the name Wailes and Strang. Waile's daughter and Strang's wife, Margaret Janet Wailes, was probably the chief designer in the later stages of the firm's life.



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  Scenes from the Gospels Scenes from the Gospels
firm/studio: William Wailes
1842
Church of All Saints, Llangorwen, Ceredigion
east wall of the chancel
  Christ with the Virgin Mary and St John Christ with the Virgin Mary and St John
firm/studio: William Wailes
1849
Church of St Gastyn, Llangasty-Talyllyn, Powys
east wall of the chancel
  Decorative Window Decorative Window
firm/studio: William Wailes
about 1849
Church of St Gastyn, Llangasty-Talyllyn, Powys
south wall of the nave
  Christ with Children Christ with Children
firm/studio: William Wailes
1849
Church of St Gastyn, Llangasty-Talyllyn, Powys
west wall of the tower
  Christ Walking on the Water Christ Walking on the Water
firm/studio: William Wailes
about 1849
Church of St Gastyn, Llangasty-Talyllyn, Powys
south wall of the sanctuary
  The Baptism of Christ The Baptism of Christ
firm/studio: William Wailes
about 1849
Church of St Gastyn, Llangasty-Talyllyn, Powys
north wall of the sanctuary
  Christ Raising the Daughter of Jairus Christ Raising the Daughter of Jairus
firm/studio: William Wailes
about 1849
Church of St Gastyn, Llangasty-Talyllyn, Powys
east wall of the south chapel (organ chamber)
image not available East Window
firm/studio: William Wailes
1851
Church of the Holy Trinity, Gwersyllt, Wrexham
east wall of the chancel
image not available South Chancel Window
firm/studio: William Wailes
1851
Church of the Holy Trinity, Gwersyllt, Wrexham
south wall of the chancel
image not available The Crucifixion with the Virgin Mary and St John
firm/studio: William Wailes
about 1851
Church of St Nicholas, Penally, Pembrokeshire
east wall of the chancel


Further reading

Ronald Torbet, The Wonderful Windows of William Wailes (Lancaster: Scotforth Books, 2003).

Paul Thompson, William Butterfield (London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1971), p. 463.





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