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Rare stained glass on show at Corinium Museum

Rare examples of medieval stained glass are to go on show in the Cotswolds for the first time in 200 years.

The glass fragments, on loan from St Mary's Church, Meysey Hampton, form a new exhibition at the Corinium Museum, Cirencester, from September 6 to October 1st.

Cotswold District Council's Curator of Museums, Dr John Paddock, said: "This glass is historically and artistically of the highest importance. The panels are rare and tantalising examples from one of the greatest periods in the history of English painting. Don't miss this opportunity to come along and see them."

The glass is believed to have been commissioned around 1350 by Thomas Seymour as a memorial to his mother Eve, the last heiress of the De Meysie family who gave their name to the village.

The five panels, which depict scenes from the crucifixion, would have formed part of the great East window of the church. It is thought the panels were removed from the building in the 1880s and have not been on public display since.

Dr Paddock added: "The dissolution in the reign of Henry VIII meant much of Britain's medieval glass was destroyed. These are fantastic examples of the rich decorations of that period.

"There was very little colour in the lives of ordinary people - these beautifully- painted windows would have brought a sense of wonderment to their weekly visits to church. It was their equivalent of our trips to the cinema today."

The Museum would like to thank the church wardens of St. Mary's for the loan of the glass. The exhibition is included in museum admission, or you may pay 1 to see the exhibition alone.

Posted : 05/09/2006 13:19:50

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