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Heaton, Butler and Bayne were an English firm who produced stained glass windows from 1862 to 1953.



Clement Heaton (1824–82) founded his own stained glass firm in 1852, joined by James Butler in 1855. Between 1859 and 1861 they worked alongside Clayton and Bell and were joined by Robert Turnill Bayne, who became their sole designer and a full partner in the firm in 1862. The firm was known as Heaton, Butler and Bayne from 1862.

His windows show strong design and colour, and are often recognisable by the inclusion of at least one figure with Bayne's features and long beard. They established their studio in Covent Garden, London, and went on to become one of the leading firms of Gothic Revival stained glass manufacturers, whose work was commissioned by the principal Victorian architects. A change in direction came with their production of windows to the designs of Henry Holiday in 1868, which show a more classical influence at work. During a long career, the firm produced stained glass for numerous churches throughout the Britain and the Empire, as well as the United States.

Westminster Abbey includes a Heaton, Butler and Bayne window, installed in 1868, an early example of the work of Henry Holiday. Other windows by this firm are in Wimborne Minster 1857, Peterborough Cathedral 1864 and St Mary's Parish Church, Hampton c1888.

A documentary film, Stained Glass Masters: Heaton, Butler and Bayne, was produced in 2000 by the film maker Karl Krogstad. The documentary was narrated by Edgar Award winning author Burl Barer.

Selected works

  • Adoration of the Magi (1869) in Tewkesbury Abbey, Gloucestershire.
  • Faith, Hope, and Charity (1896) in the church of St Mary the Virgin Staverton, Northamptonshire.
  • “Memorial Window to C. H. Crompton-Roberts of Drybridge House, Monmouth” (August 1894).
  • “Rev. James McIvor Memorial Stained Glass Window” (c.1909) in St. Eugene's Church of Ireland Church (Ardstraw Parish Church) (1724), Newtownstewart, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland BT78 4AA
  • East Window of the Church of St. Nicholas, Trellech, Monmouthshire.
  • Several windows in St. Saviour's Episcopal Church in Bar Harbor, Maine.
  • Several windows in St. Matthew's Cathedral in Laramie, Wyoming, USA.
  • References

    Heaton, Butler and Bayne Wikipedia

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