Photographs by Peter Loud

Stained Glass Windows at St Aidan's Church,

Bamburgh, Northumberland.

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St. Aidan's Church in Bamburgh has some of the finest stained glass windows in the North. They are well maintained, colourful and of varied styles and ages.

This window by Douglas Strachan is one of my favourites, very colourful, a bit overpoweringly colourful for me. It has some delightful seabirds. . . The more I look at it the better it gets. There are seashells, several other birds, a squirrel, rabbit . . . and on and on. Children would love it. They could have a competition to see who can find the most wildlife and plants. Perhaps I should use a larger image so you can see more detail.

Larger image of this window, and other interesting stained glass windows.

These saint's faces are as detailed and in as good condition as I have seen anywhere. There are several others too. Faith and Charity below are detailed and in great condition too.

I didn't make a note of who these guys were but they, unimaginatively, looked like identical brothers. I'm sure there must be more to it than that ;-)

This pair of windows is in good condition and they have some interesting detailed illustrations. However I must admit that the two words that jumped into my thoughts when I looked at them were piety and sycophancy.

My main reason for visiting this church was to see this window. A memorial window for Grace Darling, a local heroine who rowed from the Farne Islands to resue some shipwrecked sailors. I almost missed it. I was hoping to see a spectacular window with a picture of Grace rowing in rough seas with a wrecked ship in the background, etc. etc. As I raced around the church taking photographs I didn't read the inscription when I photographed this ordinary looking window.

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