Stained Glass Stories II

Stained Glass Stories II
WhenJune 6, 2023 at 10:30 - 11:30
WhereSt Mary's Church, Sturminster Newton
Church Street
Sturminster Newton
Dorset
DT10 1DB

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Photo: Steve Case

To zee the glassen house, an’ all / the lot o’things a-stow’d inside” – William Barnes (poet) with Dashwood family (solicitors)

As a young boy, William Barnes worked as a clerk in the office of local solicitor Thomas Dashwood before moving to a similar job in Dorchester. His daydream, however, was to “follow art” as a way of life. He was constantly drawing (including on legal documents) and considered moving to London to earn his living from engraving. Instead, he became a schoolteacher in Mere and then in Dorchester (where trainee architect Thomas Hardy would dash over to talk with him).

Some 30 years later, William Barnes took his family to London in 1851 to visit the Crystal Palace in Hyde Park. Stained glass windows were among the exhibits “a-stow’d inside”, several with connections to Sturminster Newton.


 

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Stained Glass Stories II

Photo: Steve Case

To zee the glassen house, an’ all / the lot o’things a-stow’d inside” – William Barnes (poet) with Dashwood family (solicitors)

As a young boy, William Barnes worked as a clerk in the office of local solicitor Thomas Dashwood before moving to a similar job in Dorchester. His daydream, however, was to “follow art” as a way of life. He was constantly drawing (including on legal documents) and considered moving to London to earn his living from engraving. Instead, he became a schoolteacher in Mere and then in Dorchester (where trainee architect Thomas Hardy would dash over to talk with him).

Some 30 years later, William Barnes took his family to London in 1851 to visit the Crystal Palace in Hyde Park. Stained glass windows were among the exhibits “a-stow’d inside”, several with connections to Sturminster Newton.


 

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