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Rare stained glass revealed

A conservation assessment in the former St Leonard's Church has revealed rare stained glass from the early 19th century.

The conversion of the former St Leonard's Church as part of the Newton's Place project will involve restoration of many of the original features within the building. A conservation assessment of the stained glass has revealed some surprising findings.

We have already undertaken extensive research on the stained glass at the rear of the building, in the chancel. This glass was designed and made by the esteemed artist Frederick Drake, who also worked on Exeter Cathedral.

However, we were unaware of the significance of the stained glass in the three windows at the front of the building until we received a report from the glass specialist. This rare, early 19th century glass is considered to be "an extremely important survival of the period".

We are currently applying for specific grant funding to restore and conserve this stained glass.

Other internal features of the building that will be restored as part of the project include the chancel ceiling, the pulpit statues, and the 15th century font originally from Salcombe Church.


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