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Hugh Arnold

Hugh Arnold (1872–1915) was born in Wimbledon, the son of a solicitor. Arnold was educated at the Slade School of Fine Art before attending the London County Council (LCC) Central School of Arts and Crafts where he studied under Christopher Whall from 1989 to 1903. He designed stained glass windows for James Powell & Sons and also did some independent work. While an officer in the Northumberland Fusiliers, Arnold died on active service at Gallipoli in 1915.[1]

Hugh Arnold
W. Country Saints window.JPG
Church of the Holy Cross, Crediton window
EducationTrained under Christopher Whall
Known forStained Glass. Writer
Notable work
See listing below.

Some of Arnold's works were:

  • St. Cuthbert in Kirkby-in-Furness, Cumbria - This church has an Arnold window in the Chancel area which depicts St Aidan and St Cuthbert.[2]
  • St Barnabas in Great Tey, Essex - In 1900 a window which was made by James Powell & Sons to Arnold’s design. It is a five-light window East window which depicted angels.[3]
  • St John in Wimbledon, Outer London - In 1914 another Arnold designed window was executed by James Powell & Sons. It is a two-light window in the South side of the Nave. The window was created in memory of Charles Thomas Arnold, Hugh's father, who was one of the first trustees of the church. In one light, Arnold depicts Christ in Gethsemane with an angel and includes the text "Not my will, but thine be done". In the other light The Last Supper is depicted with the text "This is my blood which is shed for you".[4]
  • Holy Trinity in Coalbrookdale, Shropshire - In 1902 James Powell & Sons executed an Arnold designed three-light window in the South East area of the church.[3]
  • Church of the Holy Cross in Crediton, Devon - In 1913 Arnold designed windows that reflected the church's history. The parish church dates mainly to the 15th Century but has some 12th and 13th Century remnants. In a roundel, Arnold depicts the Saxon Cathedral which Eadulph had begun to build on the site of the present church. Below is another roundel where the Charter granted by King Edward the Elder is depicted. Coats of Arms of the donors, Mr.and Miss Ingram Walker, are included in the design. Hugh Arnold was their brother-in-law. The window's inscription records that the window is in memory of Ingram Bathurst Walker and Bessie, his wife, the daughter of William Pope, and Wiliam Bathhurst Walker, their son.[5]
  • Holy Trinity, in Millom, Cumbria - In the Huddleston chapel there is a three light window depicting the Archangels Gabriel, Michael and Raphael created by Hugh Arnold in 1908 as a memorial to John & Jane Harker of Salthouse Farm.
  • Wythburn Church in St Johns Castlerigg and Wythburn, Cumbria - Hugh Arnold East window dating to 1906 which depicts St Peter.[6]
  • St Mary in Edith Weston, Rutland - There is an Arnold designed window in this church.
  • St Padarn in St Padarn's Church, Llanbadarn Fawr, Ceredigion - An Arnold window, created in 1904, is in the South wall of the Nave. It is entitled “Justice, Wisdom, Reverence and Love". The text around the window reads- “The path of the just is as the shining light that shineth more and more unto the perfect day". The inscription beneath the figure and above and below the dedication reads “For Christ His Sake; Ubi Thesaurus Ibi Cor”. The window was given in memory of Griffith Humphrey Pugh Evans, Knight (1840–1902).
  • All Saints Nynehead - Arnold carried out work on the church's armorial window.[7]

Some of his windows are on display at the Stained Glass Museum at Ely, being lancet windows depicting Queen Victoria and Edward VII which Arnold made in 1910 for St Mary Magdalene in Barnstaple, Devon


Other workEdit

Arnold wrote a booklet on the stained glass of Balliol College Chapel.[8] He was also the author of a study of medieval glass published in 1913 titled “Stained Glass of the Middle Ages in England and France.”


Arnold's name appears on the Helles Memorial.[9]


  1. ^ Reading Room Manchester. "Casualty Details". CWGC. Retrieved 2012-08-12.
  2. ^ Matthew Hyde and Nikolaus Pevsner. "The Buildings of England." Cumbria: Cumberland, Westmoreland and Furness.
  3. ^ a b "Nadfas listing" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-03-21. Retrieved 2012-08-12.
  4. ^ Information courtesy Mark Elliott
  5. ^ Photograph and information from a Parish Magazine held in the Deanery of Cudbury's archives made available courtesy Gill Lee of Crediton Parish Church.
  6. ^ Good Stuff IT Services (1967-03-03). "Wythburn Church - St Johns Castlerigg And Wythburn - Cumbria - England". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 2012-08-12.
  7. ^ "See page 8" (PDF). Dec 2006. Retrieved 2012-08-12.
  8. ^ Archives, Balliol (2010-11-24). "chapelglass001 | Flickr - Photo Sharing!". Flickr. Retrieved 2012-08-12.
  9. ^ Helles Wr Memorial Commonwealth Graves Commission. Retrieved 22 October 2012

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