West Window, St John the Baptist, Holland Road, Kensington. Percy Bacon Brothers, 1910. The window is described in the listing text as showing "the Virgin and Child with Patriarchs and Angels," and as being "set within a deep arched recess with a blind arcaded parapet in front." Bridget Cherry and Nikolaus Pevsner mention the "wheel window with its plate tracery" (458), but make no mention of its designer. It is, however, a grand window of cathedral proportions and quality, whether seen from outside or inside, close up or from a distance. Within, it is a focal point that illuminates the whole nave. According to the church's own website, "It was paid for by a single benefaction. A window of this size and quality would cost of the order of a quarter of a million pounds today."

View of the window from the nave.

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Details of the Window


Cherry, Bridget, and Nikolaus Pevsner. London 3: North West. London: Penguin, 1991.

"List Entry" (for St John the Baptist, Holland Road). Historic England. Web. 18 May 2015.

"St John the Baptist, Holland Road" (Church website). Web. 18 May 2015.

Created 18 May 2015