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Medieval Stained Glass in Great Britain

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Norfolk: Kelling, Parish Church of St Mary

O.S. TG 089418

The west tower, north porch and chapel, and nave are Perpendicular; the chancel was completely renewed in 1960–61, but retains one lancet. There is a ruined south transept or chapel. Three panels of medieval glass are set in sIV. They are not recorded before 1950 and may not be original to the church. A pair of nimbed and crowned abbesses are probably two of the daughters of King Anna of the East Angles, perhaps Etheldreda, Withburga or Sexburga, but it is impossible to distinguish between them. Woodforde mistook the third figure for one of the Virgin Mary at her Coronation, but, as Nichols points out, the raised hand precludes this. 1 The panels are dated on style.


The present writer has previously suggested that St Helen might be depicted here (King 1974, p. 9); however, she normally carries a cross. Another possibility might be St Catherine, but no wheel is seen. The area below to the right of and below the pointing finger is patched, and an identifying symbol may originally have been present there. The left hand, which would have held it, is not visible. Return to context
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