Left: Whole window. Right: Moses, in the centre

Aaron, Moses and David designed by David Evans (1793-1861). The window is in the west wall of the nave in Bangor Cathedral, Gwynedd, N. Wales. But it has a history: the figure of David was installed in the east window in 1840, and the other two figures in 1843; in the 1850s, the "coloured and painted glass above and below the window was removed to allow more light into the nave" — a controversial step ("Aaron, Moses and David"). Then all were removed in 1872, to be installed in the west wall after the main work of restoration by Sir George Gilbert Scott was complete, in about 1880. (These dates differ a little from the ones found in the listing text, but have been given much more recently, and are likely to be more dependable: see especially Martin Crampin's post on the dates).

It is true that the nave tends to be dark, despite its clerestory windows, and that light does flood in (as seen on the left above) through the clear glass at the top. But some of the riches of the design have undoubtedly been sacrificed. Evans's bold colours are still very striking, though. Moses holds his stone tablet and the rod with which he strikes the rock (Exodus 17 and Numbers 20). Indeed the tip of the rod is seen here to be splintering it.

Photograph of the whole window by Colin Price. Close up of Moses, text and formatting by Jacqueline Banerjee. [You may use these images without prior permission for any scholarly or educational purpose as long as you (1) credit the photographer and website and (2) link to this webpage in a web document or (2) cite it in a print one. [Click on the images for larger pictures.]


"Aaron, Moses and David." Record added by Martin Crampin. Gwydir Lliw yng Nghymru: Stained Glass in Wales. Web. 19 May 2021.

Cathedral Church of St Deiniol. British Listed Buildings. Web. 19 May 2021.

Crampin, Martin. "The Date and arrangement of the Bangor Cathedral east window." Stained Glass from Welsh Churches. Web. 19 May 2021.

Created 19 May 2021