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Gallery of Saints in Chester Cathedral

June 2 is the centenary of Dean Bennett’s installation as Dean of Chester Cathedral: 1920-1937

Dean Bennett preached his first sermon on June 6, Trinity Sunday.  In the sermon he announced he would have the cloisters ‘glazed for their warmth’ then later explained that the idea of illustrating the churches calendar was that of his Son.  147 dedicatees supported the payment of the windows. There 34 windows, and four artists.

A dedicated team of volunteers linked with the Cathedral have researched the windows to produce two volumes explaining the figure, the clothing and symbolic details within the windows.  They are now available on-line:

The volunteers were Elizabeth Moncrieff, who researched the dedicatees in the Records Office, Barry Ingram who took all the photographs and collated the volumes and James Thomson who wrote about the windows with enthusiasm: they were supported by Nick Fry and myself.  I am very grateful for their positive team work and their dedication over three years.

We had hoped to have a general lecture on the 2 June, the 100th anniversary of Dean Bennett’s installation, to accompany the library exhibition on Dean Bennett, but instead, James Thomson has made a short presentation which shows the way the windows  were explored.  Watch James’ video here.

Please do share the celebration of the cloister windows with your friends and all who are interested in the Cathedral.

The sermon on 7 June 2020 will  refer to the cloister windows and St Columba.

Here is the window for Corpus Christi for 11 June.