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Scenes from the Life of Christ

  Scenes from the Life of Christ

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Four-light window with scenes including the Annunciation, Crucifixion, Deposition and the Resurrection. Further figures and angels in the tracery lights.

firm/studio: Clayton & Bell

Church of St Illtyd, Llantwit Major, Vale of Glamorgan
east wall of the chancel

The window was given in memory of Ernest Vachell by his widow.

The four figures in the lower tracery are listed in the church guide as the saints Samson, Illtud, David and Patrick. The figures of Samson and David are however the biblical characters, the former is unusual and not nimbed, whereas David, with crown and harp, is nimbed. A serpent around the lower part of Patrick's staff seems to confirm this identification and the attributes for Illtud are appropriate. Could the biblical figures of Samson and David have been added by the London firm in error?

Record added by Martin Crampin. Last updated on 30-05-2017


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Further reading

Vivian Kelly, St Illtud's Church Llantwit Major (1993), p. 14.


John Newman, The Buildings of Wales: Glamorgan (London/Cardiff: 1995), p. 408.


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Martin Crampin (ed.), Stained Glass in Wales Catalogue, University of Wales Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies, Aberystwyth, 2017. (accessed 21 October 2021)

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Photo © Martin Crampin

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