St Kenolm’s. It’s
almost the last item I'm doing. Because I know in St Kenolm’s church
there are one or two fine windows but one in particular which was the
work of Miss Florence Camm. And the cartoons for this window were
exhibited in the Royal Academy in 1915. It was the story, the legend
of St Kenolm in several little panels.
But look at this one, this is a very fine window,
very widely regarded, William Morris made it. They call it the Faith
window. Peace and Faith. And William Gladstone the politician gave the
window, nothing very striking about it but it was the gift of William
But look here at the story of St Kenolm. And around
all those pictures dealing with the legend of Kenolm is a banner with each
describing a piece of the scene.
And it’s a real masterpiece, if ever you get up
there take a pair of binoculars or field glasses with you and study the
fine painting and detail on this. I've got several photographs of some of
|St Kenolm is relating to his nurse
the story of his dream, how he dreams that his uncle, the wicked
Askobert, is going to murder him. And he's relating the story to his
old nurse, who's there at the foot of the bed. And Kenolm's sister is
trying to get this wicked Askobert onto the throne and she's tried to
poison Kenolm (but he's into it) to arrange that Askobert's going to
murder him. And according to the legend underneath it says Kenolm
wearied of hunting, falls asleep. And the wicked Askobert is digging
his grave. All described on these panels at the base.
|And a strange thing, there's a white cow there, and
a thorn bush on the spot where Kenolm was murdered. There he's holding his
sword up, to cut Kenolm's head off as he prays there.
|And there's that white dove who's going to fly to
St Peters in Rome and inform the Pope of it.
|And that was the writing – ‘Under a thorn, Kenolm
king born, his head cut shorn’ - and that was on a banner edge which went
to where the Pope was in Rome.
|Devotedly of course. It’s all legend, superstition, myth. But very
beautifully executed by Miss Florence Camm. And here they're taking
Kenolm's body back to Winchcombe which is his birthplace and his home and
they are met with opposition here at Hereford, somewhere by Pershore
Bridge they think. Because the people of Gloucestershire are jealous that
the relics should go to Winchcombe and the people of Worcester have got a
battle going on here to retain Kenolm's relics, back at Clent.
And here are the people at
Winchcombe and the Papal Legate who's been sent over from Rome to
discover, they'd discovered where the grave was and here is a picture
of it, they'd found the spot.
|The white cow was still there and the thorn bush which is mentioned in the
legend. And here is the last thing of all, there are several more but I'm
skipping them a bit Kenolm on his natal day releases the beggar from the
jail and he gives sight to the man, you see he has the mans two eyes in
his hand, gives sight to the blind man here. Very, very lovely and
I can rave over things like that.