Jewel in the crown / by AMRIT NARU

Historic stained glass, executed by a talented master craftsman who has designed windows for Buckingham Palace and Westminster Abbey, are to be reinstated into one of our current projects.

St Therese Lisieux Church in Ingleby Barwick, which is currently under construction, will feature a number of glass panels created by esteemed artist Alfred Fisher MBE. Once chief designer for Whitefriars of London, Fisher built his reputation through a stained glass technique called ‘Dalle de Verre,’ derived from the French for ‘glass slab’. The art form relies on dalles being broken or cut into pieces and set into an epoxy base.

The glass panels, which date from the 1960s, were reclaimed from the site of St John of Gods Chapel during the hotel and golf course development project at Rockliffe Hall near Darlington.  Having used some of the panels as a backdrop to the hotel spa, Rockliffe Hall has donated the remaining panels to the Diocese of Middlesbrough to be incorporated into the new build church at Ingleby Barwick.

Construction work on the new church began in May 2015 and is due for completion in 2016.

Our brief for the new Catholic church and presbytery was to create a bright area for worship, plus space for parish celebrations, areas for meetings and children’s liturgy. As Dalle de Verre technique is renowned for creating ‘living environments,’ thanks to the exceptionally bright colours, it is very fitting that we have been able to incorporate these glass panels into our design which will be enjoyed by the local community for many years to come.
— Carl Ross, Director, Naru and Ross