Publish Date : 08-Aug-2012
Funding has revitalised two historic stained glass windows which used to be housed at Brancepeth Castle.
The Bow Trust Durham has restored the William Collins creations and Durham Area Action Partnership (AAP) has supported the project with almost Ł3,000 funding from Councillor Grenville Holland’s neighbourhood budget.
The project involves injecting new life into the sash windows, from a set of six originally in the Drawing Rooms of Brancepeth Castle, which were installed when the medieval castle was rebuilt by Matthew Russell, and his family, between 1819 and the 1870s.
They are by British artist William Collins, dated as early as 1824 and were probably installed on the advice of Matthew Russell’s brother-in-law Charles Tennyson. The windows were removed from the drawing rooms at some later date.
During World War II Lord Boyne leased the castle to the war office and the building eventually became the headquarters of the Durham Light Infantry. In 1961 when the DLI moved away Lord Boyne gave the two stained glass windows to the City of Durham for display in the Town Hall.
They have now been donated to the Durham Heritage Centre and Museum by Durham County Council.
The windows depict Cecily (the Rose of Raby) and her husband Richard, Duke of York and will be on display at Durham Heritage Centre and Museum from this week with a celebratory event taking place on Wednesday night.
Amanda Hopgood, chair of Durham AAP, said: “We were delighted to support this project- it’s fantastic to see these beautiful windows restored to their former glory.”
The windows will be on display at the museum on St Mary Le Bow, Durham from this Thursday (August 9) daily, between 11.00am and 16.30pm.
Durham AAP is one of 14 set up by Durham County Council in 2009 to help it better engage with residents and community groups.