Stained glass: St John the Apostle, Torquay

St John the Apostle is the prominent church which overlooks Torquay Harbour. At night a large neon cross shines brightly from the tower. This was given in memory of Cecil Maude, the famous actor-manager by his wife, the later Mrs Beatrice Maude and dedicated by the Bishop of Exeter on 8 Sept 1955. Information here is taken from a short guide to the church.

I’d wanted to visit this church for many years as some of the windows are by Edward Burne-Jones. I wasn’t disappointed, the church has a wealth of beautiful stained glass.

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The East window (below) is by William Morris from designs by Sir Edward Burne-Jones. It represents the Church Triumphant in the Heavenly Jerusalem


The Great West Window (below) was designed by Burne-Jones and executed by William Morris. Morris regarded this as such an important order that he insited on coming to St John’s in person to make the arrangements. The design is based on Burne-Jones’ Nine Choirs of Angels in Jesus College Chapel, Cambrige


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