Church Stained Glass Windows
recorded by Robert Eberhard - updated January 2017
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Stained Glass Windows at Abbey
St. Albans, Hertfordshire
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WindowDateLightsFirm DesignerSubjectsMemorialSource
Lady Ch E18815Burlison & GryllsOlaf; Mary; Christ in Majesty; John Baptist; HelenBuilding News 7.10.1881
Lady Ch S11882RoseBurlison & GryllsLivery Companies windowSkeat
Lady Ch S218814Burlison & GryllsElizabeth; Mary Salome;Mary Magdalene; Mary CleophasHerts Mercury 17.12.1881
Lady Ch S318964KempeChad; Alban; Edmund; HughKempe Commission Registers
Lady Ch S4+19012Burlison & GryllsTop: George; Andrew Below: Aidan; OswaldStylistic attribution
SAChE19183Burlison & GryllsPresentation, below:Abbey religious ceremony scenesDean Lawrence +1914Herts Advertiser 15.1.1916 (design)
SACh118872Burlison & GryllsSt. Catherine; St. Margaret - 2 row of scenes belowBuilding News 23.9.1887
SACh219552Francis SkeatCecil BrownInimica Tyrannus'Toumlin familyAbbey Windows by Margaret Wilson
SChanA2+19553Christopher Webb signedMartyrdom of St. Alban
EW19121+4+1Burlison & GryllsChrist in Majesty with musician angelsHenry Gibbs +1907Stylistic attribution
STrE118951Burlison & GryllsSt. CatherineHerts Advertiser 3 Aug. 1895
STrE2+19031Burlison & GryllsBVMStylistic attribution
STrS18335Coats of Arms with a background of pastel shaded quarries
STrW118761Ward & HughesRisen Christ/3 Maries at the tomb/Christ with Mary & MarthaStylistic attribution
STrW2+18741Burlison & GryllsVisitationStylistic attribution
SChoirA118661Heaton, Butler & BayneJesus preaching at the synagogue (reinstated 2005)Rev. H.J.B. NicholsonHerts Advertiser 29 Dec. 1866
SChoirA318631Heaton, Butler & BayneTop: Crossing of Red Sea; Below: Baptism (Roundel scenes)HB&B 1870 Catalogue; The Builder 10.1.1863
SA12Small coats of arms, Left: H.I.B.Nicholson, Right: C.P. Burney
SA2+18522WailesChrist; John the BaptistStylistic attribution
SA320062Caroline BenyonSt. Columba; BVMBSMGP Journal 2006

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Location of windows

The coding system is based on that used in Nineteenth Century Norfolk Stained Glass by Birkin Haward. All windows are numbered consecutively from east to west in any north or south facing wall and from the centre outwards in any east or west facing wall. Windows of 2 and 3 lancet lights are shown as 2 and 3 light.
A plan and key from the book by Birkin Haward is shown below.

Coding system plan



In the column headed date, the date (without a + sign) is the date the window was made. In that column and in the column headed Memorial a date prefixed by a + sign is the date of death commemorated in the window.

Firms / Designers

The booklet Stained Glass Marks & Monographs published by NADFAS, 8 Guilford Street, London, WC1N 1DA provides details of makers’ signatures and marks and short biographical information on many designers and firms.

Main subjects

A reasonably comprehensive listing of subjects is provided, except in cases where there are many small scenes or many saints, particularly if the windows are high up. For reasons of space, the title ‘Saint’ has often been omitted, most commonly in 4 evangelist windows.

Persons and events commemorated

These are mainly recorded only as a cross-reference to documentation.