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Monday, April 25, 2011

The Other Side of the Fields

Sometimes, looking at things from the side not usually seen or shown gives a new perspective. In this case, this is the church of St Martin in the Fields, by Trafalgar Square.

Back off holiday, but haven't quite caught up with myself yet.

posted by Ham at 00:02 -- Comments here: 3

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Blogger Karen said ... (11:28) : 

I visited London for the first time a couple of years ago and wandered down this street while exploring the area around Trafalgar square. The central window was amazing. What a wonderful surprise. Friends that have lived in London were surprised when they saw my photo of the window - they had no idea!

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Blogger IleDuLevant said ... (23:26) : 

Hello Karen
To be fair to your friends, this window was only installed in the 2006-08 refurbishment of the church. The building was originally constructed (1721-6) with clear-glass windows but then the Victorians felt their Georgian predecessors were being too boring and replaced the windows (as they did in other churches) with multi-coloured stained glass. Prevailing Victorian taste saw these as beautiful, others may have felt they were gaudy and not in keeping with the original character of James Gibb's church. Either way, this change made the interior undeniably darker. These windows were blown out in a bomb blast in WWII and replaced in 1946 with glass made in part from recycled fragments. The recent refurbishment has sought to return the church to the spirit of the original, the white interior now being brightened by light through clear glass. This east window, with its suggestion of a crucifix, is by London-based Iranian artist Shirazeh Houshiary, using hand-blown techniques available in the 1720s.


Blogger Leif Hagen said ... (01:08) : 

From time to time, we hear the announcer say that a concert was from "St. Martin in the Fields" church..... now I know! How about a look inside (hint, hint)


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