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NOTES AND QUERIES. [12 s. vi. MAY 22, 192%


have the side windows restored by the same firm. In 1825 the four South windows were taken in hand, and in 1827-28 the four North windows underwent a similar process ; in each case a very careful copy was substituted for the original.*

The East window originally contained a most magnificent Tree of Jesse with a Last Judgment in tracery, and with a series of panels across the base of the lights containing portraits of King Richard II., King Edward III, William of Wykeham, (twice), together with smaller figures representing the car- penter, mason, clerk of the works, and glass- painter, whilst the side windows contained figures of prophets, apostles, bishops, kings, and saints, all standing beneath canopies, their bases inscribed with a prayer for the good estate of the donor, f

Important portions of the original glass from the East window were purchased by the Shirley family from Messrs. Betton and Evans, and set up in the windows of their private mortuary chapel at Ettington Park, Warwickshire. There are several panels representing kings and prophets, among them Micah, Nathan, Jehoshaphat, and Absolon, all once forming part of the Tree of Jesse ; of St. Peter admitting a saved soul into heaven, and of St. John the Baptist in the act of intercession both from the Last Judgment in tracery lights ; together with the figures of King Richard II., St. John the Baptist, and the Blessed Virgin and Child, from the panels at the foot of the window. Three figures from the side windows may now be seen at South Kensington. They were originally purchased from Betton and Evans by the Rev. W. G. Rowland, a former rector of St. Mary, Shrewsbury, who was a great expert upon the subject of ancient . glass. At first these figures which represent St. John the Divine, St. James the Less, and a prophet, were placed in a chancel window, but Mr. Rowland having obtained some other glass which he valued even more highly removed the Winchester panels to make room for it, intending to place them in another window. Before this could be carried out he died, and at the sale of his effects the three figures were purchased for the nation by the South Kensington Museum. The glass has been daubed over with a coating of brown varnish, and otherwise maltreated .

  • A full account of this glass will appear in my

book 'Ancient Glass in Winchester,' now in the press (Messrs. Warren & Son, of High Street, Winchester).

t ' Orate p Willmo de Wykeha, Epo Wynton nundatore istius Collegii.'


Nothing is known of the fate of the forty three other figures from the side, windows of the Chapel.

3. Messrs. Betton & Evans appear to- have inserted two coloured windows in the nave of Winchester Cathedral (one on either side in the eleventh bay from the West) but did not restore any of the ancient glass.. These windows are very bad both in quality of material, and in design and drawing, but it is interesting to note that the canopies are inspired by^ those inside windows of" College Chapel.

The firm also " restored " much ancient glass in Ludlow Church, notably the Great East window, which contained the Life of St. Lawrence, patron' Saint of the Church,, in twenty-seven panels, and was given in 1445 by Bishop Spoford of Hereford. The- work of restoration was carried out in very much the same manner as at Winchester with a similar result, that little of the ancient glass remains. Some of the figures in tracery openings, notably St. John the Baptist and the Blessed Virgin, were evidently copied from or inspired by figures in the East window of Winchester College Chapel. It is to be hoped that further portions of the lost glass from Winchester College Chapel may yet be discovered.

JOHN D. LE COUTEUK. Winchester.


THE REV. JOHN GUTCH, ANTIQUARY AND DIVINE.

(12 S. vi. 170, 213.)

IF your correspondent will refer to ' Mar- riage Licences in the Diocese of Bath and Wells,' transcribed and edited by Arthur J. Jewers reprinted from The Genealogist, N.S. vol. xviii. (part 4, April, 1902), at p. 176, he will find (in note 1) that John Gutch's mother was Mary, daughter of Abraham Mathew of Shaftesbury.

There are several errors on the page referred to, and as the notes there, are- founded on information supplied by myself, I am glad of the opportunity, in the interest of accuracy, of pointing them out :

In line 3 of the text " Lane " should read " Law."

The licence for the marriage of " John Gutch, widower of the Liberty of St. Andrew and Mary Widdowes, widow, of the parish of Croscombe, Sept. 17, 1766," is omitted altogether. I have seen the licence, and this second marriage of the antiquary's^ father took place.