Syon House

Some of the incredibly beautiful detail at Syon House in Brentford. Built on the site of Syon Abbey, the interior was designed by Robert Adam in the 1760s. London residence to the Duke of Northumberland and his family.

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Stained glass: Church of St Mary the Virgin, Clumber Park


Clumber Park Church, in the National Trust’s Clumber Park in Nottinghamshire is a pretty church in parkland, beside a lake. The stained glass is by Charles Eamer Kempe (1837-1907) Continue reading

Stained glass: Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam


The Great Hall in the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam is Cathedral-like with its spectacular wall of stained glass, made by William Francis Dixon (1847-1928) in London in 1884. Continue reading

Stained glass: Viana do Castelo

The church of Santa Luzia at the top of a mount overlooking Viana do Castelo spends a lot of time hidden in the clouds. Looking as spectacular as an Indian temple and with views to match once the sun comes out, it’s a wonderful place to spend some time. The camera I took the photo with below doesn’t do the glass justice. Continue reading

Stained glass: Bath Abbey


Formerly a Benedictine Monastery. Founded in the 7th century, Bath Abbey was reorganised in the 10th century and rebuilt in the 12th and 16th centuries; major restoration work was carried out by Sir George Gilbert Scott in the 1860s. It is one of the largest examples of Perpendicular Gothic architecture in the West Country. (Wikipedia) Continue reading