William Burgess designs in stained glass window found in the Abbey Chambers vaults in Bath
THIS MAGNIFICENT WINDOW IS ON DISPLAY AT THE BATH AQUA THEATRE OF GLASS. IT HAS WILLIAM BURGESS DESIGNS FROM THE MINERAL ROOM AT CARDIFF CASTLE THE MIDDLE PANELS ARE THOUGHT TO BE BY SAUNDERS AND COMPANY. THE WINDOW WAS COMMISSIONED BY MALLET AND COMPANY WHO WERE LOCATED IN THE OCTAGAN BUILDING IN BATH IN THE 1800'S. THEY ARE STILL TRADING IN OLD BOND STREET LONDON.
The Story so far of the William Burgess Window
The story of this amazing window starts when the first Bath Christmas market came into existence it was the idea of local councilors Gitte Dawson and Marion McNeir. Being a local trader/artisan I was invited to be a member on the consultative committee. We decided to look for storage space and had a look under the Abbey Chambers where the Bath tourist information centre is now. Whilst examining the space which was very damp we came upon a window which look like a simple plain leaded light about a meter and a half square. I rubbed at the ferrous dirt and underneath was a painted stained glass window. Dave Dixon the city centre manager I think you should take this and restore it a see what we have under all this dirt and grime, We took it back to our stained glass studios and very skilfully cleaned it. As the dirt came off an absolute master was reveled.
Then we set about finding out about the window, we sent images to the William Morris society who said they thought it could be a William Burgessand suggested we go to Cardiff Castle. I sent some photos to Cardiff Castle but nothing happened. Then the Antiques road show came to Bath an we took the window (in fact they picked it up and we went to the AssemblyRooms).
It was a beautiful day in fact my birthday 23rd AprilSt Georges day, Shakespeare birthday and death day. I took my mother as I love watching the people behind and thought if we got on it would really make me laugh. Our man was the man with the stripy jacket who advised me to go back to Cardiff castle.
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