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Bill's Lecture

Brierley Hill

Dudley

Dudley Wood

Cradley Heath

Cradley

Wollescote

Stourbridge

Yardley

Stourton

Kinver

Romsley

Arley

 

Additional Material

Postscript

Worcester

Bethesda, Cradley

Oldswinford

Great Witley

Summary
 



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.

Arlen Pardoe
St Andrews, 2016