01 February 2012
One sunny Sunday afternoon a few years ago my little habit of exploring local churches paid off trumps. I was visiting a friend in Tonbridge in Kent, and as we were coming back from a lovely country pub, having enjoyed a very large lunch, my friend who I was with, who has on many occasions been dragged into churches, buildings and parks for just a “quick look” by yours truly, suggested we go and look at a very pretty village church she had heard about.
We of course got lost and drove around a bit, but finally found All Saints’ Church in the village of Tudeley and wandered in for a little nosey. The first thing you notice is the stained glass window and so you should! It turned out the windows were designed by Marc Chagall, one of my very favourite artists. I knew he had done some stained glass windows in his life time, but here I was standing in a small village church in the English countryside looking at 12 Chagall originals. It was a brilliant discovery! The windows were commission in the 1960s by Sir Henry and Lady D’Avigdor-Goldsmid in memory of their daughter Sarah who had died in a boating accident in 1963. Chagall worked on the windows right up until his death in 1985 . You can find out all about the windows and how they were made on the All Saints’ Church website.
This week is full of hidden art housed in religious buildings so stay tuned and please do let us know about your local place of worship and its’ hidden art treasures .. as we know there are a lot more out there!
Post by Claire Horan, Discovering Places Project Manager.
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