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Birtsmorton Appeal: Restoration Begins

Fig. 2. The Baptism of St Christopher, Birtsmorton church.

Previous issues Vidimus (issues 109 and 117) raised awareness, and reported on the success, of an urgent appeal to raise more than £25,000 needed to conserve and restore the beautiful late-medieval stained glass at Birtsmorton (Worcs.).

Fig. 1. Kneeling armoured figure, Birtsmorton church.

Fig. 1. Kneeling armoured figure, Birtsmorton church.

Fig. 2. The Baptism of St Christopher, Birtsmorton church.

Fig. 2. The Baptism of St Christopher, Birtsmorton church.

On Sunday, 16th September, the church held its first Heritage Open Day to celebrate the start of the restoration project, by Holy Well Glass, to return it to its former glory.

The late-fourteenth century glazing includes two images of kneeling armoured figures, probably representing members of the Ruyhale family, believed to have donated the glass, and the remains of a highly-unusual image of Christ baptising St Christopher.