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96TH ENTRY - RAF HALTON       

Stained Glass Window St Georges Church                        

Our window in St George's Church at RAF Halton - see the primary web site for the whole story behind the various elements of the window design.

On the left below is the original picture that our window centre piece is based upon (Photo copyright Steve and Margaret Pays - Pheonix Project). Compare this with the window master design (centre below) and you can easily recognise Trev Taylor on the right.

You may notice that the drifting snow above the brass wheels on the master design melted in the kiln during firing and does not appear in the actual window seen on the right below.

 

The album of pictures right indicates how the window was made to our bespoke design, based on your gathered suggestions.

Starting with full size paper templates, making cut glass parts, which are drawn upon and painted with special glazes, then fired layer by layer for final colour and effect and finally assembled with lead striping into the complete window. The variable part of stained glass is similar to pottery where you paint it with glaze of one colour and after firing it turns a different shade.

When installed in the church wall each stained glass window is protected from the elements by a clear outer pane.

The monkey wrench used in the window was chosen to represent the versatility of our aircraft trades, not just because it is a nice antique tool. Although it was probably in common use in Lord Trenchard's day, ironically such imprecise adjustable tools are never allowed in use on aircraft in modern times.

A very interesting project for me to have been involved in. The artisan Reg Pritchard is an ex-apprentice, who upon starting up had to design and build his own kiln to fire the pieces as he couldn't get a suitable commercial item within his budget. He is responsible for manufacturing and installing many of the windows at St George's.

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