ALL SAINTS CHURCH SELSLEY

All Saints Church Selsley nestled in The Cotswold Escarpment
All Saints Selsley Interior showing Altar

Above: View towards the Altar

Right: Detail of Rose Window depicting Adam

Stained Glass, Adam naming the Beasts by Philip WebbAll Saints Church is at the very heart of the English Arts & Crafts Movement.

 

The distinctive saddleback tower of

All Saints rises over a hundred feet to catch the changing Cotswold light on its French Gothic gables: the last of the great Cotswold wool churches,

and the first to exhibit work of the craftsman movement.

 

Built under the patronage of Sir Samuel Stephens Marling, the church was an early commission for G. F. Bodley, a young architect who had trained under Sir George Gilbert Scott. George Bodley had got to know the Pre-Raphaelite brotherhood in 1858, and it was his promise of commissions that contributed to the establishment of a fine arts design firm by William Morris that included Edward Burne-Jones, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Ford Madox Brown, and Philip Webb. This remarkable partnership of artists and intellectuals was called upon to design stained glass windows for the new Church.

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