Stories on Whalls: what’s a mini-pilgrimage?

Whether it’s Mecca, Santiago di Compostela or the Old Bull and Bush down the High Street, a pilgrimage has a number of common elements. They’re walks with purpose, driven by a desire to reach an end point which will have emotional spiritual or psychological significance. Whilst the end point is the whole point of the … Continue reading Stories on Whalls: what’s a mini-pilgrimage?

Stories on Whalls: Trinity House, Leicester.

  These almshouses were founded in 1331 by Henry Earl of Lancaster and Leicester and were rebuilt in 1901. The original almshouses were known as the "Hospital of Annunciation of the Virgin Mary". They were for a warden, 4 chaplains and 50 poor and infirm people, 20 of whom were to be resident there. By … Continue reading Stories on Whalls: Trinity House, Leicester.

Stories on Whalls: Church of the Holy Cross, Sarratt

Whall was responsible for the "Charity" window in this church. It is the East window in the North Transept. The window dates from 1923. The Church dates back to circa 1190. Whall was responsible for two other windows, "St Cecilia" and "Bringing the children to Christ". The "Charity" window comprises two lights featuring angels. There … Continue reading Stories on Whalls: Church of the Holy Cross, Sarratt

What comes first, the window or the wall?

The PTA of my old school recently invited me to see a 'Wall of Honour' they had installed on the main school corridor which, over the years, must have witnessed millions of pupil, parent and teacher journeys all in the search for the holy grail of a perfect education. Part of the lead up to … Continue reading What comes first, the window or the wall?

Stories on Whalls: St. Katharine’s Parish Church, Irchester

Three-light window in St Catherine's North Nave depicts the life and martyrdom of St Catherine (List of works by Veronica Whall). It’s the first trip of the mini-pilgrimage to visit St. Catharine’s Church in Irchester, near Wellingborough, and to see Veronica Whall’s window which depicts the life and martyrdom of St. Catherine of Alexandria. I … Continue reading Stories on Whalls: St. Katharine’s Parish Church, Irchester

Stories on Whalls: an introduction to the mini-pilgrimages.

Christopher and Veronica Whall were English stained glass artists who worked in the late 19th and early 20th Century and became recognised as two of the key figures in the modern history of stained glass.  They were also father and daughter; and, as it turns out, my great-great-Uncle and cousin.  They were perhaps, in our family, our earliest film … Continue reading Stories on Whalls: an introduction to the mini-pilgrimages.