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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, from glass fragments, old photographs, and genealogical data and artwork.
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).
The windows were destroyed during the Second World War. Subsequently the fragments were put back — crazily and 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