Windows for the King

In 2024 Barnard Castle will celebrate 550 years since the lordship of the town was granted to Richard, Duke of Gloucester, later Richard III. Windows for the King will install seven etched glass windows in the porch of St Mary's to mark this anniversary.

St Mary’s church council (PCC), in partnership with the Northern Dales Richard III Group (NDRIIIG), are excited to announce a major project to commemorate Richard III, Duke of Gloucester and King of England, in Barnard Castle. Our ‘Windows for the King’ appeal aims to install seven etched glass windows above the inner porch doorway of St Mary’s Parish Church, Barnard Castle to commemorate Richard and his close connection with St Mary’s.

As Lord of Barnard Castle, Richard invested huge sums of money to re-build St Mary’s and transform it into a Collegiate Church: this project was close to completion when he died at Bosworth. The College would have been dedicated to Christ, the Virgin Mary, St Margaret of Scotland and St Ninian.

Three central etched panels will depict Christ with Mary and these two northern saints personally connected with Richard. A further two panels will portray St Helen of the Holy Cross and St Catherine of Alexandria, saints with medieval chantries within or close to St Mary’s in the late C15th. The final two panels will show Ricardian boars, as ‘supporters’, as illustrated on the St Anthony effigy near the font in St Mary’s. Our project group has chosen the artist Rachel Phillips to design the windows. You can see her preliminary designs if you follow the links below.

Alongside the 1934 Richard III Society window in St Alkelda & St Mary’s Middleham, and the Memorial Window in York Minster, given by the Society of Friends of Richard III in 1997, the Windows for the King will be a lasting tribute to Richard’s personal faith, and demonstrate his dedication to the North and to the town where he was Lord of the Manor from 1474.

You can make a donation to the project here:

Find out about the Windows for the King Appeal

What's the best way to donate to the Appeal?

It is easiest to use our Donate button above, which links to our Stewardship fundraising account. This gives you the option of gift-aiding your donation.

Your donation will come into the St Mary’s PCC accounts but will be held separately to be used for the Windows for the King project.

Who is creating the design?

Award winning artist Rachel Phillips has now created her draft proposal for the project. Her design is currently being considered by the Partnership Group and the Diocesan Advisory Committee with comments being invited before the design is finalised.

How much will Windows for the King cost?

The cost of the windows will be £40,000.
We are aiming for installation to take place in the Autumn of 2024.

Who is running the Appeal?

The Church Council and NDRIIIG are working in partnership together for Windows for the King. As the lead partner, the church council will place all funds raised in a restricted account solely for the Appeal.

How long will the Appeal run?

The appeal for Windows for the King was formally launched in May 2022. As we aim to celebrate the 550th anniversary of Richard’s lordship of Barnard Castle in 2024, the Appeal will run until the end of December 2024, unless an extension is agreed.

How will the Appeal funds be used?

All funds donated will be used for the design, commissioning and installation of the windows. In the event of excess funds, these will be used to preserve areas of the church particularly associated with Richard III and/or to promote Richard III’s association with St Mary’s.

Insufficient funds? We will aim to install the central panel(s) of Christ with Mary, St Ninian and St Margaret of Scotland, or failing this, use monies for the purpose above.

Can I only donate online?

If you would like to contribute to the Windows for the King appeal, but are unable to use the Donate button above, you can send a cheque payable to:

St Mary’s Barnard Castle PCC

c/o The Vicarage, Parson’s Lonnen, Barnard Castle, Co Durham. DL12 8ST

To avoid confusion, you MUST make it clear in a covering note that the donation is for ‘Windows for the King’.

To gift-aid your donation, please complete the following declaration and send it to us with your cheque.

To:  The Parochial Church Council of the Ecclesiastical Parish of Barnard Castle with Whorlton (registered charity no: 1130279)

I enclose a donation of £                (enter amount) towards the Windows for the King project

Please treat this as a Gift Aid donation. I am a UK taxpayer and understand that if I pay less Income Tax and/or Capital Gains Tax than the amount of Gift Aid claimed on all my donations in that tax year it is my responsibility to pay any difference.

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