Mosaics and mosaic making information
from The joy of shards Mosaics
The Church of St John the Baptist, Maddermarket, where the
medieval glass was destroyed by a gas explosion inside the church
in 1876. Fragments were gathered up and collaged together in the
central window on the north of the aisle. While there didn't seem
to be enough glass surviving to recreate whole scenes (as at St Peter Mancroft), some attempt has
been made to bring order to chaos (unlike the random rearrangement
Cathedral). The windows have been built up around central
features - possibly some of the roundels are new - and elements
have been use to create symmetry, for example the crowns in the
lower right picture. Also the glass has been reworked to make
decorative squares which boder the panels and the circular pictures.
Where lettering has survived, it has been arranged at the bottom
of the panels, giving another thematic pattern.
Right: Victorian tiling to the side of the altar and, below,
a detail of the tile obscured by the chair.