Glass blown out of stained-glass window at St Lawrence’s Church, York

The gap left in the panel of the St Lawrence’s Church window

Workmen from Martin Johnson and Co evaluate the damage to the stained-glass panel at St Lawrence’s Church

Some of the pieces of stained glass that were blown out at St Lawrence’s Church by the high wind

The interior of St Lawrence’s Church, with the damaged window in the background

First published in News York Press: Photograph of the Author by

HIGH winds have caused damage worth tens of thousands of pounds to a stained-glass window at a York church.

A large chunk of the central window over the altar at St Lawrence’s Church, Lawrence Street, was blown out last week, leaving shattered glass on the floor.

Further glass around the hole was damaged before scaffolding could be put up to protect the rest.

The window – which was made in 1883 by the Knowles family of Stonegate – depicts the Crucifixion.

It may now cost more than £30,000 to restore.

Ian Milne, a member of the church council, said many of the windows in the church were very fragile and a recent grant application to carry out work on them had been refused.

He said it was hoped insurance, donations and fundraising may fund the restoration of the historic window.

Mr Milne said: “The window has been in a dilapidated condition for years.”

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10:46am Thu 20 Feb 14

3.8liter says...

Shove a UPVC one in for the time being!
Shove a UPVC one in for the time being! 3.8liter
  • Score: -16

12:29pm Thu 20 Feb 14

Ignatius Lumpopo says...

3.8liter wrote:
Shove a UPVC one in for the time being!
Anglican double glazing?
[quote][p][bold]3.8liter[/bold] wrote: Shove a UPVC one in for the time being![/p][/quote]Anglican double glazing? Ignatius Lumpopo
  • Score: -4

12:44pm Thu 20 Feb 14

ouseswimmer says...

If the window has not been maintained then surely the insurance will not pay out?
If the window has not been maintained then surely the insurance will not pay out? ouseswimmer
  • Score: 2

6:01pm Thu 20 Feb 14

Pinza-C55 says...

Clearly it was blown out by the Flying Spaghetti Monster as a warning to those who follow false gods.
Clearly it was blown out by the Flying Spaghetti Monster as a warning to those who follow false gods. Pinza-C55
  • Score: -4

9:44pm Thu 20 Feb 14

ouseswimmer says...

No! Don't tell me the Flying Spaghetti Monster is a false God? Surely that cannot be true!
No! Don't tell me the Flying Spaghetti Monster is a false God? Surely that cannot be true! ouseswimmer
  • Score: -5

11:25pm Thu 20 Feb 14

RingoStarr says...

Act of God? Insurance company won't pay up if it is.
Act of God? Insurance company won't pay up if it is. RingoStarr
  • Score: 0

4:17am Fri 21 Feb 14

anistasia says...

Such a sad story a old window damaged hope it can be put back together pleased no body got injured by glass.wonder what can be done to make it safe in the future once repaired.
Such a sad story a old window damaged hope it can be put back together pleased no body got injured by glass.wonder what can be done to make it safe in the future once repaired. anistasia
  • Score: 1

2:35pm Fri 21 Feb 14

MarkyMarkMark says...

Specialist insurance, I'd guess.

Remake the existing glass panel, then sandwich it between two sheets of clear high tensile glass - almost as if it were between the 2 panes of a double glazed window?

(Don't know if UVPC frames will last as long as the lead and mortar framing of the original though!)
Specialist insurance, I'd guess. Remake the existing glass panel, then sandwich it between two sheets of clear high tensile glass - almost as if it were between the 2 panes of a double glazed window? (Don't know if UVPC frames will last as long as the lead and mortar framing of the original though!) MarkyMarkMark
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