In 2010 amongst a box of old papers I came across a typewritten script for
a lecture that Bill gave in the 1970s. From this script I produced a
booklet entitled “Stained Glass by Bill Pardoe”. This contained
illustrations and photographs that were made over the next few years and
from cuttings and pictures that Bill had left.
|More recently I came
across some cassette tapes and one of these contained the latter part
of another lecture he gave at that time, to the Society of Glass
Technology about 1978. The start of the lecture was missing and some
of the words are indistinct but the majority is clear.
It gives an insight into the knowledge and artistic opinions of a
master craftsman in stained glass and contained references to other
pieces of his work in the West Midlands.
What is so sad is the number of
examples of stained glass that have been lost to the hammer of demolition
work, in some cases glass that was paid for by subscription in memory of
loved ones. The donors must have expected the memories celebrated by the
works to last in perpetuity rather than a few decades. Such is progress.
St Andrews, 2016