St Nicholas Church Moreton

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Date: 18th April 2011


Whilst staying with one of my oldest friends, she expressed a desire to visit St. Nicholas church. We were fortunate enough to visit on a gorgeously sunny day which displayed to perfection the etched glass windows. They are the work of Sir Laurence Whistler (brother of Rex Whistler the painter) and if you look him up on the Internet you will find a biography of a highly talented man devastated by two tragedies in one year when he lost his brother in the war 1944 and a few months later his wife died of blood poisoning. Sir Laurence singlehandedly revived a great renaissance tradition of glass engraving as well as being an accomplished poet.

A church has stood on the site at Moreton since 1190 but was severely damaged in October 1940 by a German bomb. It is thought the bomber was either seeking a nearby small airfield or was offloading an unexploded bomb before returning to Germany. Sir Laurence began his work in 1955 - the theme throughout the church being that of Light.
All the windows are the work of Laurence with the exception of the glass memorial over the door on the south side of the nave which was executed by his son, Simon, in 1995.

St. Nicholas is the almost certainly the only church in the world where the windows are entirely of engraved glass.

If you are ever in the area, a visit to this small church is most rewarding.


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