Thursday, March 27, 2008

Anglican Church Part 3

I LOVE the pointed windows and the decorative arch above each one. The top photo is of the window on the tower (thanks ex-shammickite for telling me what it's called) above the red door. (I also didn't know red doors are traditional on Anglican churches, so thanks Chuck! But I'm going to check it out because I think the door on the other Anglican church in town is black.)

In this photo you can't see that the leaded glass is green and gold. So look below.
Unfortunately early records of this church have been lost, so I don't know wherethese windows were made. What I do know is that glass was among the first items manufactured in North America. And between 1840 and 1860, Canadian glass factories manufactured green window glass and bottles. But there were also glass factories in the northern United States so it may have come from there.

Did you know that to make window glass, workers blew a long hollow tube, then cut off the ends, slit the tube lengthwise and opened it out and flattened it? Then it was cut into various sizes, the largest possible being about 30 by 40 inches. I had no idea that was how it was done until I looked it up. ;-)


Ken said...

I have actually seen some of those cylinders at our old shop. But like all hand made glass now a days it is very expensive.

Small City Scenes said...

It is a beautiful church. So many sides and features.
I did use a couple of pics on my holyhouses blog. THANKS!

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