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The West Window

The three lancets of the west window now contain clear glass, but following the death in 1865 of the Prime Minister, Lord Palmerston, who lived at Broadlands, these were filled in his memory with glass by Clayton and Bell, paid for by public subscription. This was not an example of the best work by the firm, and the Vicar of the time, the Revd E L Berthon, declared them ‘the worst I have ever seen by Messrs Clayton and Bell’. The decoration was heavily patterned and would have cut out much of the light, so many people were relieved when they had to be removed following storm damage in 1961. The windows are in storage with the Hampshire Museums Service. The present clear glass allows the evening light to shine up the length of the nave and into the crossing area.

Walk towards the south door.

Romsey Abbey - A Guide to the Stained Glass
  1. An Introduction
  2. The West Window
  3. South Nave Aisle - Abraham and Isaac
  4. South Nave Aisle - The Annunciation
  5. South Nave Aisle - St Anna and The Presentation in the Temple
  6. South Nave Aisle - Christ Healing the Blind Man
  7. South Transept - The Three Marys
  8. South Transept - The Dutton Windows
  9. South Transept - The Tollemache Windows
  10. The French Glass
  11. St Anne's Chapel - The Child Jesus in the Temple and The Epiphany Windows
  12. St Ethelflaeda's Chapel - The Crucifixion
  13. St Mary's Chapel - The Adoration of the Shepherds
  14. St George's Chapel - St Michael and the Dragon
  15. St George's Chapel - The Pool at Bethesda
  16. The North Choir Aisle - The Calling Window
  17. The East Windows
  18. North Transept - The Angel of Music
  19. The North Transept (north wall, left) - The Annunciation
  20. The North Transept (north wall, right) - The Holy Family
  21. The North Transept (west wall) - St Swithun
  22. North Nave Aisle 1 - Healing the Lame, The Good Samaritan, and Healing the Blind Man
  23. North Nave Aisle 2 - Christ the Good Shepherd & Suffer the Little Children