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Re: The Stained Glass Window...
It is almost ten years since I took up the search to find a stained glass window which looked even remotely like that which is housed in Hebburn. From South Shields to Hexham, Durham to Alnwick I looked at church windows. Having no luck I tried another tack and visited old council buildings which had stained glass windows. At North Shields council buildings I had no luck except it was suggested I try ship building records. At the discovery museum I met a former Jarrow Central School pupil Ron French (well known to this board) and we trawled through many wonderful books on ships with stained glass but did not find what I was looking for. Together, Ron and I went to Alnwick and visited the White Swan restaurant. Surrounded by the original panelling, mirrors, ceiling and stained glass salvaged from RMS Olympic (Titanic's sister ship) we enjoyed dinner but agreed the stained glass was nothing like that which had been in the hall of JCS. I then gave up a dedicated search but always hope to find what I am looking for. The window in the Hedley Hall Schoolroom is not as it was when first installed in 1901. Repairs performed by the pupils of Jarrow Grammar School included a small amount of modern glass edging from Elders & Walker of Gateshead. Some lead soldering was required and wire attachments to cross member supports were replaced. None of the repairs detract from the window. Instead, I feel a continuity was made by those involved in the recovery.
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