Illumination – Stained Glass Window at St. Laurence Church Ludlow, Shropshire.
There is a written record of a Parish Church on the same site in Ludlow going back over 800 years. The stained glass window depicting the martyrdom of St Laurence is thought to be one of the largest in Britain.
Stained glass windows are features of most churches in Britain. Light from the coloured glass is never static. During the course of the day they are animated by changing light outside, their patterns wandering across the floor inviting your thoughts to wander with them. They were essential to the fabric of ancient churches, illuminating the building and the people within, both literally and spiritually. Images and scenes leaded together into windows shed ‘divine’ light on the interior of the church and worshippers.
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It is to Ludlow’s wealthy Palmer’s Guild that Ludlow owes much of its magnificence. A Palmer was someone who had made a pilgrimage to the Holy Land who would bring back a palm frond, recalling the strewing of palms at the feet of Christ on his entry to Jerusalem on what we now call Palm Sunday. Ludlow’s Palmer’s Guild, founded in 1284, was not unique by any means, but by acquiring mercantile interests throughout the Midlands it was a particularly rich one.