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Posted: April 26, 2012

Winchester church unveils new windows

A church in Winchester has revealed its new look, which has been designed to attract visitors and make the building more accessible, romseyadvertiser.co.uk reports.

St Lawrence Church in The Square now boasts an engraved glass screen flanked by two similarly engraved windows. More than £20,000 was raised to fund the glass works, in addition to improved lighting and disabled access.

The engraving comprises a wealth of Christian symbols, says designer, Tracey Sheppard, combined with local touches “such as butterflies from the meadow”. Sheppard, a local artist, said she used many techniques to achieve the final result, including dentist drills and acid.

Project leader, Chris Higgins, told hampshirechronicle.co.uk that the aim was to improve access for the disabled and encourage more people to visit the church, which dates back to the time of William the Conqueror.

The lovely new addition at St Lawrence might inspire others to reconsider their own windows at home,  finding ways to make then into more of a feature, perhaps by fitting window shutters or replacing old curtains with eye-catching new ones.

“You can walk right past the church and hardly even realise it is there,” Mr Higgins said. “We want to welcome more people and get them to look at these windows. You can look at the glass and find deeper meaning within.”

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