Stories in Glass: A Guide to Medieval Stained Glass in Norfolk

By David King and Paul Harley (Photographs)

This richly illustrated and well-researched guide offers a comprehensive survey of Norfolk’s unmatched medieval glass heritage.



Norfolk’s churches are home to some of the highest-quality and best-preserved medieval stained glass in Britain. Panels produced in the county’s extensive and long-lasting workshops, centred in the historically important city of Norwich, can be found in some 270 buildings, including churches, museums and country houses. Moreover, recent research has revealed for the first time the original location of many of the panels now dispersed around the county.

In Stories in Glass, Paul Harley and David King reveal these treasures to a new audience. Harley’s exquisite photographs are set alongside historical and artistic explanations that illuminate the social, economic and religious background to the windows we see today. With 200 colour images, and maps showing the locations of the windows discussed, this beautifully illustrated guide will appeal to the explorer and collector alike.

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About the Author

David King was born into a family of glaziers and took up his own interest in stained glass in 1970. He writes regularly on painted window glass, and is the author of The Medieval Stained Glass of St Peter Mancroft (2006), and forthcoming CVMA Summary Catalogue for Norfolk. He has previously been a senior research fellow at the University of East Anglia.

Paul Harley is a photographer with over 35 years’ experience. Past exhibition subjects have ranged from human rights abuses in South and Central America to medieval churches. His first book, From Bears to Bishops: Norfolk’s Medieval Church Carvings, was published in 2018, and shortlisted for the East Anglian Book Awards.