Stained Glass of Buckinghamshire Churches

All Saints, Hillesden

C of E - Buckingham Deanery
Local Authority to 2020:
Aylesbury Vale District Council
Local Authority UA:
Bucks UA (Buckingham & Villages)
Address of Church:
Church End, Hillesden (3 miles S of Buckingham)
Nearest Post Code:
MK18 4DB
O/S Map Reference/NGR:
SP 68566 28752
Latitude & Longitude:
51.95303, -1.00369  Google Map
CofE ACNY Web Site:

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Notes on Church:
Apart from its mid 15th century tower, Hillesden church was rebuilt between 1493 and 1495, probably by the local Courtenay family and Notley Abbey. More...
It is a large and splendid church of the Perpendicular style, with large windows that were undoubtedly filled with magnificent stained glass. The N Chapel contains monuments of the Denton family whose large Mansion was just to the east of the church. The remote Hillesden House and Church became an outpost of Royalist forces during the Civil War, being attacked twice by Parliamentary forces, including Oliver Cromwell in 1643. The house was destroyed and the church suffered badly, particularly most of its glass. In the 1820s, Hillesden church was a young George Scott's favourite place to visit and study. In the 1870s he fittingly returned to restore the church that had inspired him to become the prolific architect Sir George Gilbert Scott.

Introduction to Stained Glass:Following the damage during the Civil War, varying amounts of 15th or 16th century glass now survive in 7 windows, but are only a small fraction of what must have been a remarkable display. More...
There is no precise date for any of the glass, however it was very likely to have been fitted in the rebuilt church on completion in 1495. Experts are certain that it dates from the reign of Henry VII, so to be sure it is generally termed as 16th century glass. The E window of the S transept has a lot of old glass that somehow survived, and we show it in great detail, together with 1875 drawings showing which parts had already been replaced by non-matching glass.


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Thumbnail Code   Location Type Subject(s) Date Craftsmen
Details 01 East 5 lights Saints, popes, bishops in tracery 16C
Details 02 Chancel S (E) 4 Lights Remnants of Canopies 16C
Details 03 Chancel S (W) 4 lights Remnants of Canopies 16C
Details 04 S Transept E 4 lights St Nicholas and 4 of his legends: Two cups, Famine at Myra, Jew of Calabria, Restoring life to boy strangled by devil, as in the Golden Legend. 16C Burlison & Grylls
Details 05 S Transept S 4 lights 8 Parables 1875 Burlison & Grylls
Details 06 S Aisle S (E) 3 lights Bishop and heads of 2 Bishops 16C
Details 08 S Aisle S (W) 3 lights St Alban, "I am the resurrection and the life", St George 1923 Burlison & Grylls
Details 15 N Chapel N 4 lights Remnants of Canopies 16C
Details 19 N Chapel E 4 Lights Canopies & tops of pictorial scenes 16th C

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