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The Calling of St Andrew

  The Calling of St Andrew

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Five-light window. A scene across all of the five lights shows a male standing figure at the centre, a lake behind and a fishing boat. Seated male figures in the outer lights, one mending nets with a bowl of fish at his feet, and a further figure kneeling before the central figure. Sacred heraldry above, as well as the arms of the diocese and the saltire of St Andrew and Scotland.

firm/studio: Leyland & Sons
artist: probably Edwin Wright

Church of St Andrew, Colwyn Bay, Conwy
west wall of the nave

The window is signed 'Leyland & Sons, Colwyn Bay', although nothing is known of a stained glass studio in Colwyn Bay at this date. However, an entry in the Lowndes & Drury archive lists a five-light window by E. Wright made for the church, which must relate to this window. Edwin Wright had a studio in Lancashire, and died in 1962. Perhaps the window was designed and made by Wright at Lowndes & Drury's studio, and completed and installed by Leyland & Sons, presumably a local glazier, in 1963.

The imagery of the window is not straightforward, but may represent the figure of Andrew (centre) being called by Christ, although Christ is not present. Alternatively, the figure at the centre could be Christ: the kneeling figure to the left and the rays of light from above might indicate this. If this is a figure of Christ one of the other figures may be Andrew – perhaps the figure seated at the far left, beneath the saltire, or the young kneeling figure. The figure at the right could be Peter, or perhaps we have the two pairs of brothers depicted here: Peter and Andrew, and James and John.

Record added by Martin Crampin. Last updated on 26-10-2020


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Martin Crampin (ed.), Stained Glass in Wales Catalogue, University of Wales Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies, Aberystwyth, 2020. (accessed 16 October 2021)

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