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In Vitro Veritas: heraldic glass at St Nicolas church, North Stoneham

 

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In Vitro Veritas

In Vitro Veritas pieces together the heraldic programme of painted glass formerly at St Nicolas Church at North Stoneham in Hampshire.
 
The series of twenty lights, with 38 coats of arms, was created in 1826 by John Absalom Edwards of Winchester, under the supervision of the architect Thomas Hopper (†1856). The scheme was based on a pedigree drawn up around 1724 by Browne Willis (†1760) that eagerly sought to demonstrate that the Willis and Fleming families had shared, noble bloodlines reaching back to the Middle Ages.
 
The windows were destroyed during the Second World War. Subsequently the fragments were put back — crazily but artfully — in the windows at St Nicolas and also at St. Michael & All Angels, Bassett.
 
Lights South I-III at St Nicolas Church, pictured in the early 20th century
 
Fragments of the painted glass in the Trust's collections (Willis Fleming 2724)
 
Light North II Lower reconstructed at St. Michael & All Angels: 'Thomas Fleming Esq. ob. 1638 and Katherine d. & heir of Edward. sister of Richard Lord Georges'. Photo: Mark Charter
 

 
Fragments (from South II Lower) in the Trust's collections (Willis Fleming 2724)
 
Reconstructed windows at St Nicolas Church
 
Collage of reconstructed windows at St Nicolas Church