In June 2014, the Cathedral’s Great Cloister has been enhanced by two new beautiful stained glass windows.
On June 2 2014; a new window in the North walk of the Great Cloister was dedicated by the Dean. It was designed by up-and-coming glass artist Emma Lindsay and commemorates the generosity of the Garfield Weston Foundation in supporting the restoration of the Cathedral’s fabric.
The Garfield Weston Foundation and QEST – the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust – held a competition in conjunction with the Cathedral to find the winning design. The competition was focused on glass art students and recent graduates. By helping to support a new generation of glass artists, the competition aimed to help preserve traditional skills and the excellence of British craft. Emma’s design was dedicated at a ceremony in the Cathedral on 2nd June and will adorn the Cathedral’s Great Cloister for centuries to come. Emma beat a high quality field of entrants; her design was selected for its beauty and timeless imagery and will serve as a testament to the Cathedral’s past, present and future. The window was made by Cathedral conservator Grace Alyson.
Then, on June 14 2014, a beautiful new addition was added to the West walk of the Great Cloister. Designed by Cathedral glass conservator Alison Eaton, the window was installed and dedicated in honour of the continual support and generosity shown by Cathedral benefactor Allan Willett, the former Lord Lieutenant of Kent.
There is a sense of great gratitude and pleasure in our Cathedral community at the unveiling of the lovely window in the Cloisters to honour Allan Willett who has been so supportive in our life during his years as Lord Lieutenant of Kent and Chairman of the Cathedral Trustees. The window is happily placed so that people walking into the Cloister are welcomed by it from a distance and it will give enormous enjoyment to the millions of visitors who come here.
The Very Reverend Dr Robert Willis, Dean of Canterbury