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Closure of Highcliffe Castle

Fig. 1. Tree of Jesse window, from the church of St Vigor at Rouen, now in the north window of the great hall, Highcliffe Castle.
Fig. 1. Tree of Jesse window, from the church of St Vigor at Rouen, now in the north window of the great hall, Highcliffe Castle.

Fig. 1. Tree of Jesse window, from the church of St Vigor at Rouen, now in the north window of the great hall, Highcliffe Castle.

Highcliffe Castle, home to an internationally significant collection of stained glass span-ning over seven centuries, from the 1100s to the Victorian period, closed on October 31st for five months. The closure is part of an extensive restoration project at the Dorset castle, and will see the creation of a new conservation studio, allowing the resto-ration and display of the castle’s stained glass.

Perhaps best known among Highcliffe’s collection is the spectacular Jesse window, da-ting to the 16th century, housed in the north window of the great hall.