Saving St Mary's Shrewsbury Stained Glass Collection

St Mary’s greatest treasure is its remarkable collection of internationally renowned stained glass with acclaimed English and important Continental glass spanning the 14th to the 19th centuries.

The oldest glass in the church is the large dominating famous ‘Jesse’ east window, dating from 1345 and thought to be amongst one of the best of its kind by stained glass experts. 

A recent grant from the Heritage Stimulus Fund, part of the Government’s Cultural Recovery Fund has enabled Phase 1 urgent works to be completed at St Mary’s including conservation to the tower pinnacles and roofing of the vestry.  We are very grateful for this grant and for additional donations which have enabled us to now focus on Phase 2 of the project to raise funding to urgently stabilise, conserve and celebrate the stained-glass windows before the damage is irreparable.

Unfortunately many of the windows have lost their delicate paint pigment or have unstable paintwork and there is distortion of and significant deterioration to the lead work.   Some of the ancient windows are broken including those vandalised in 2019 and there is fractured masonry around a number of the windows.  

Alongside conservation work, the Trust, with the support of volunteers, is looking to deliver new and creative ways for people to engage with the history of St Mary’s, the surrounding area and explore the many hidden stories. 

Please consider making a donation to the St Mary’s project. Conservation of the stained-glass and a programme of activity and events will cost in the region of £250,000 With the generous support of donors we have already raised £86,000 but still need your help.

You can also shape project proposals by completing a SurveyMonkey questionnaire by Monday 5th July which will take a few minutes to complete. 

On Google Arts & Culture you can discover the Jesse Window in fabulous detail. Made in 1345 and installed in St Mary's in 1792, having been rescued from a nearby church following it's collapse, it is a representation of the genealogy of the Holy Family.