St Peter’s Church Glenelg Great West Window
St Peter’s Church has an iconic place in the heart of Glenelg. One rarely meets a person who is not familiar with the church in the middle of the road! The land itself was set aside for a church at Glenelg by Colonel William Light in 1840. A first church built in 1852 soon proved too small and a new church was built and opened in 1883.
Every week visitors to St Peter’s Anglican Church at Glenelg are taken by the beauty of the stained glass windows they discover here.
Of particular note are the Great East window and the Great West window. When one enters the church by the main entrance you are immediately struck by the vibrant colors and beautiful scenes of the Great East window, which was restored in 1999.
But the Great West window is the surprise factor. It is not until one turns around, that your eyes are drawn to the power of this dramatic window, which depicts themes of resurrection and life. This beautiful window is the lasting impression you are left with as you leave the church.
The Great West window has a treasured place in the fabric of the church and was installed in 1913. It was made in London by prominent English firm, Heaton, Butler & Bayne. The triple lancet window with gothic arch comprises of mouth-blown antique glass and flashed glass with hand milled lead.
The window has a resurrection theme and consists of three lights. The left light is in memory of James Francis Cudmore and his wife Margaret. The Central light was erected by the congregation in memory of Helen Johnstone. The right light, was erected to the memory of Janet, beloved wife of Sir James Penn Boucaut, who was a former Attorney-General and Premier of South Australia.
The Great West window is now in need of repair and restoration to ensure its life for the next hundred years. It will take six months for renowned glass artisan, Frans Kat to remove, restore and conserve the window and replace the protective covering. Investigations have revealed that the lead is deteriorating, with some areas of bowing and cracking and with significant loss of putty due to age. Some of the glass is missing and cracking as well as missing support bars. The estimated cost of repair and restoration is $100,000.
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