Medieval Stained Glass in St Mary’s, Burham Deepdale, Norfolk

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 A small window in the round tower church of St Mary’s, Burnham Deepdale in Norfolk, gives a lovely stained glass picture of an angel pulling triple chains attached to a censer above him.  In the lower half we see Mary Magdalene in a pink robe, with a gold border holding a scroll.  Quite breath taking, when you think this little window is over 500 year old.

January 2015

16 Replies to “Medieval Stained Glass in St Mary’s, Burham Deepdale, Norfolk”

      1. I’d never argue with a little guide book; I often quote from them myself! 🙂
        Mary Magdalene is often depicted holding a jar of perfume, which she used to anoint Jesus with.

      2. Yes, I had forgotten that, it could be, more likely would be, as why would she hold a scroll. ….I have just googled her and I think you are right, she holds a jar of some different shapes….very interesting 🙂

  1. It’s mind-boggling to think what a different place this world was when this window was made. What identifies this figure as Mary Magdalene?

    1. I’m not sure, the information is from the church guide, but I think it might be her hair…as she dried the feet of Jesus with her hair… also she does seem to be portrayed a lot wearing red, maybe someone will tell us 🙂

  2. Beautiful, Rich jewel-like colours~ love the various shades of blue. The medieval glass tends to be my favorite~ sad so much has been lost and destroyed .

    1. Its more beautiful in the ‘flesh’, the sun was coming through, it was a little difficult to take a photo, you really need a nice overcast day for windows, but Sat was a beauitful sunny day. Maybe that is what makes it even more precious, that there is not much left 🙂 By the way, back is ok now, so lots of exploring can proceed 🙂

      1. Oh! most excellent news re: your back. You must be extra cautious now and aware of how you move and bend now. Have they given you any gentle exercises for your back? There are some very good and very easy yoga poses to help strengthen and stretch your back ~ Great news and a relief for you. I think you have done amazingly well considering and will be lovely for your readers as well to see your upcoming explorations. I must say I never noticed a lack of interesting posts at all despite you being incapacitated! Of course in respect to the medieval glass , it does make it all the more precious and special~ particularly when you come across a completely intact window or even a very good fragment such as the famous moon ~ I have had it saved for years amongst my fav. images . Nice to know where exactly it lives now. Thank you. 🙂

      2. Thank you re my back. I would have loved to have known the person who painted the moon, that face has such an expression on it. Also it was a great shame the sun was lost, you can only imagine what was like 🙂

      3. Sometimes one should also consider the direction from where the light is coming. I once tried to picture an altar but when I arrived in the afternoon I had to face the fact that it was facing the eastern window, and the light would have been best in the morning hours.

        This meant that I had to return the next morning and take my picture after the Sunday service. This was a wise decision as the priest offered a tour through the church guided by himself. He showed us details in pictures that we would not have noticed otherwise. A medieval person wearing glasses, for example.

  3. Very delicate, aren’t they? The angel with a censer reminds me of my childhood and some altar boys’ / clerics’ trick of swinging it spectacularly in a circle…

    The Magdalene’s ointment jar is her standard symbol, just like St Catherine’s was a wheel for all the illiterate medieval oiks. Or something like that!

  4. Beautiful, Lynne! A jar, you say? Why not a cookie jar? Sorry! 🙂 I love the colours in these windows – and as you say, their age just adds to the magic.

    1. No I think a cookie jar would have been good, it might have been a better ending, if everyone had cookies to make them happy 🙂 It is a lovely little window, and its wonderful Mary survived all these years 🙂

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