St. Barnabas Church tour.....

 

Introduction

 

THE single most interesting feature is the work of Leonard Evetts. The east window and four others are by him. Leonard Evetts’ work ranges from windows in the chapel of Downing College, Cambridge, to the Church of All Saints, Apia, Western Somoa, and back again to Durham Cathedral. He was born in 1909 and died in September 1997, having completed more than 300 windows. He also worked in calligraphy, designed altar frontals, church furniture and painted water-colours. He was Head of the Department of Fine Arts at Newcastle University (formerly King's College, Durham) from 1937 unti11974.

His windows are characterised by a free use of light, by symbolism rather than narrative, and therefore by clear theological statements.

A book about his life and work by his widow, Phyl Evetts (his second wife, his first wife having died in 1983) and Mary Lean has now been published.

His own descriptions of some of the windows are printed in italics in the location pages. It is interesting to compare the consistent yet developing style of his windows in date order: the St Martin and St Christopher windows are the earliest, and the fine but very simple St Barnabas window the last. Apart from the set of windows by Evetts, there are windows by Jones & Willis and a particularly fine pair of Arts and Crafts windows in the Lady Chapel by the very highly regarded worker in this field, Karl Parsons (1884-1934).


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