Medieval glass at Coventry Cathedral

A £1 million campaign has been launched by Coventry Cathedral to create a  display area for showing important fragments of medieval painted and stained glass. They will be shown in three underground crypts below the adjacent ruins of the former medieval church which was firebombed during WWII.

The plans were unveiled in December by cathedral officials and Dr Jonathan Foyle, of the World Monuments Fund, on the 71st anniversary of the Coventry Blitz.

In a 20-minute speech to an audience of 200 people at the new cathedral, Dr Foyle said that he wanted to “clean, study and present” the surviving work by medieval glazier, John Thornton, which was removed from the old cathedral at the start of the war and has been in storage ever since.

A full account of this glass appeared in Vidimus 33.

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