Saint Mary's Church, Waterloo Park


The three main windows.

It is my humble opinion that St. Mary's stained glass windows are among the best in the North West, both in terms of quality and variety. One just has to look at those bright colours and feel moved by their beauty. Some of the original Victorian glass was removed and replaced by more modern creations. The large East window, above the altar, is a good example. The first time I saw it, I knew it wasn't the original Victorian window that, one day, would have welcomed local parishioners. Not only are the colours more "transparent" than those displayed in the remaining original Victorian windows, but also the figures are more angular, less human in one way, more influenced by Art Deco and modern art than by the Middle Ages. If we take the central figure of Christ in Majesty and compare it to that displayed in the central lancet within the window in the South transept, we can notice the difference straight away, since in the South transept we are admiring a far more gentle and more human Christ than the one that welcomes us from above the main altar.

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