Stained Glass of Lincoln Cathedral

Nigel Morgan, Jim Cheshire, Tom Küpper, Carol Bennett and Mark Hocknull

    ISBN: 978 1 85759 774 5

    Size: 278 x 205 mm / 8.1 x 10.9 in.

    Binding: paperback

    Pages: 96

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    Date published: September, 2012

    UK £15 /US $


  • Lincoln Cathedral holds the second most important collection of English early 13th-century glass
  • Stunning photography highlights details of the stained glass that are barely visible from the floor of the Cathedral


Lincoln Cathedral’s breathtaking stained glass is one reason many believe this to be the finest Gothic cathedral in the British Isles. Much of its medieval glass has been lost, but what remains is the most important collection of English early thirteenth-century glass after Canterbury Cathedral. The north transept Dean’s Eye is outstanding as an early and very large rose window of c.1220. The Victorian glazing programmes feature the leading firms of the day, as well as the gifted amateurs Augustus and Frederick Sutton, who made the great west window, depicting Old Testament Kings and Prophets in the style and colours of medieval glass. The best examples of twentieth-century glass are four striking Archangel windows by Harry Stammers. Given the existence of so many treasures, it is surprising that Lincoln’s stained glass is hardly known. Until now there has been no book published on the subject as a whole. The Stained Glass of Lincoln Cathedral celebrates the range and quality of Lincoln’s glass, combining new scholarly perspectives with sumptuous illustrations.

Author information

Nigel Morgan MA, PhD, is Emeritus Honorary Professor of the History of Art at the University of Cambridge. Dr Jim Cheshire is Senior Lecturer in the History of Art and Material Culture at the University of Lincoln. H. Tom Küpper joined the Lincoln Cathedral Gazing Department in 1993 and has been Team Leader since 1999. Carol Bennett MA is Education Officer at Lincoln Cathedral and a member of the Lincoln Diocesan Advisory Committee. Mark Hocknull is Chancellor of Lincoln. The book’s photographer, Gordon Plumb, is Historic Stained Glass Adviser to the Lincoln Diocesan Advisory Committee.