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The window
Archangel Uriel
In memory of ....
A treasure revealed
The Trail ....

A Treasure revealed

A search for the history of the window started in 1988 when it was decided to write a short History of Tansley Church to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the church which was to be held in 1990. The window at that time was an unknown quantity.
Madox Brown cartoon Some doubt as to whether the window was designed for a church was expressed by members of the congregation at the time because of the signs of the zodiac on the cloak.

A previous curate, the Revd Peter Tomlinson, suggested that it might be a Burne Jones window which accelerated the interest and motivation of the enquiry and the writer began to learn something of the Arts and Crafts movement. This led to finding out about other leading artists in the Arts and Crafts Movement.

The cartoon shown on the left was discovered on the last page of a book describing the life and work of Ford Madox Brown, one of the well-known Arts and Crafts artists of the time.
(Ford Madox Brown, by Heuffer, Published in 1896 by Longmans, Green & Co)

It identified the window as being of Archangel Uriel which Ford Madox Brown originally designed for the church of St. Michael and All Angels church in Brighton in 1862.

The original window in St. Michael and All Angels church was made by William Morris but expert opinion indicates that the window in Holy Trinity, Tansley is of a later date, possibly in the early 1900s. The colours of the original window are rather pale but these are vibrant, especially the cloak which is of an iridescent blue.

It is not known who made the window, nor why it was made.
The next question was “Where did the window come from?