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St Mary's Church, Thornton-in-Craven celebrates the Queens Diamond Jubilee by commissioning a new commemorative stained glass window.

Press release May 25, 2012 Culture

Lightworks Stained Glass, specialist stained glass window artists & producers of Clitheroe, have been selected to design and produce a new Diamond Jubilee commemorative window for St Mary's Church, Thornton in Craven.


Lightworks Stained Glass’s designs were unanimously accepted by St. Mary's PCC having been produced following a number of detailed consultations between the company and St. Mary’s vicar, Canon Nicholas Turner.

Lightworks told us that they are now well underway with the production of the new commission in stained glass commemorating the Queens Diamond Jubilee. The window comprises two lancet lights; included in the first light is a historical depiction of St. Oswald erecting the large wooden cross directly before the victorious battle of Heavenfield. Oswald, considered the first Emperor of Britain, was King of Northumbria, founder of Lindisfarne and widely accredited not only with uniting the warring North Eastern kingdom, but also with bringing Christianity to this region and the lands beyond.

St. Mary's church was originally thought to have been dedicated to St. Oswald.

The second light portrays hands pouring water - a visual reference to the importance of the Holy Well situated in the grounds of St. Mary's. The inscription at the bottom of the window reads: “In thankfulness for our Christian inheritance and in commemoration of the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II – 2012."

Thestained glass windows are currently in production at Lightworks Clitheroe studio. Made in a selection of mouth-blown cylinder glass, they will include beautifully hand painted and kiln fired detailing.

Everyone at St Mary's are looking forward to the completion and installation which is set for mid July.

Visit Lightworks Stained Glass to see more of their work