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Welsh Saints with Scenes from the Life of St Elfan
1905Four-light window with standing saints and scenes from the Life of St Elfan below. With Elfan are Illtud, David and Gildas, and a standing figure of the risen Christ is in a roundel above. The narrative scenes are titled 'Elvan vehemently preaching the Truth before Lucius a British King', 'Lucius sent Elvan on an embassy to Rome where Eleutherius consecrated him a Bishop', 'Elvan returns to Lucius who was obedient to the Word of God and received Baptism', 'Death and Burial of Elvan at Glastonbury'. Musical angels in the tracery, with the text: 'Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature' (Mark 16:15) and the arms of Canterbury and Llandaff above.
size: 71 cm (width of each light)firm/studio: Robert J. Newberypatron: William Thomas LewisChurch of St Elvan, Aberdare, Rhondda Cynon Taff
north wall of the north transeptThis window replaced earlier stained glass that had been given in 1868 but had deteriorated. The new window was commissioned by both William Thomas Lewis, Lord Merthyr of Senghenydd, and William Thomas Rees, and the new dedication reads: 'To the honour and the Glory of God and in affectionate remembrance of William Rees and Catherine Rees his wife, also of Robert Thomas Rees and Lucy Lewis their son and daughter, of Abercanaid House Merthyr Tydfil and Lletty Shenkin Aberdare AD 1905.' A photograph of the 1868 window, with what seem to be biblical subjects, survives in the faculty papers, Diocesan Archives, National Library of Wales, LL/F/23.
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John Newman, The Buildings of Wales: Glamorgan (London/Cardiff: 1995), p. 133.
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Martin Crampin (ed.), Stained Glass in Wales Catalogue, University of Wales Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies, Aberystwyth, 2020.
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