Jane Eyre, the Peaks and Hathersage Parish Church

A somewhat tenuous link between Stained glass workshops for the New Year, Jane Eyre, The Peaks and Hathersage Parish Church….

Recently I went on a walk in the Peaks, wanting to soak in the golden amber, orange and red eye candy of autumn colours before big winds or rain carried it all away. I knew I should have been busy writing about the New Courses and Workshops I have coming up in the New Year!

Instead, or rather along with enjoying the autumn colour I discovered the connection Jane Eyre has with Hathersage and the lovely stained glass in Hathersage parish church, St Michaels and All Angels.

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Stained glass Hathersage Parish Church

More here with the east window by Charles Kempe.

We walked or I followed a friend who knows the area much better than me, from Hathersage up to Stanage across to Longshaw estate for lunch and back across Over Owler Tor and through ghostly silver birch woods back to Hathersage. I possibly may have got that right.

Starting in Hathersage, I of course had to have a peek inside the small but certainly not diminutive parish Church, visit the famous ‘Little John’s Grave’ and see the beautiful windows.

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Stained glass Hathersage Parish Church
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Stained glass Hathersage Parish Church

Inside the church my friend spotted a postcard telling all about Jane Eyre’s wanderings in the area (which I hasten to add I did purchase before taking a picture of it). If you search the church you will find the ‘Eyre brasses’.  We didn’t stop for long enough to do this, a longish walk ahead of us and not enough daylight at this time of year to pause for too long.

Postcard Jane Eyre
Wish you were here

The walk took us past Thornfield House where Mr Rochester lived in the novel, in the real world it is North Lees Hall and not a Mr Rochester in sight, only a gently green vista rolling towards Stanage Edge.

North Lees Hall

I didn’t manage to capture the beauty of the moors and woods with the grand colours on camera, but it was a pleasure to walk around this beautiful area and discover more. Not sure I would fancy being lost wandering around the moors as Jane Eyre did. I’m content to be much more familiar with the area and know how the original local Eyre family inspired Charlotte Bronte to name her heroine ‘Jane Eyre’.

The actual purpose of writing this blog was to let people know I have New dates for the New Year workshops and courses in the art of creating stained glass. Do, if interested, come and learn the art of stained glass, enjoying the colours and year round beauty of glass. I cannot promise your first panel will be for a church but you will make a lovely panel to take home.  Thank you for reading.

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View of Hathersage Parish Church

Autumn Workshops and a little video

September Stained glass – Workshop Dates

We are now half way through the Summer Holidays, although my kids are nearly grown up my mind set and routines are still governed by the school holidays. Bringing a sense of new beginnings in September, new uniform, new class room, new college or University and maybe new set of skills in Stained glass?

I have dates for workshops and classes starting on September 21st and 22nd with Stained glass weekend for Beginners  and Introduction to Copper Foiling on 28th September. Evening and Daytime classes start from the end of September. All classes and workshops are small and friendly.

Down load booking form and dates here:

Booking Form MSG 2019 Autumn workshops (PDF)

Booking Form MSG 2019 Autumn Evening and Daytime courses

Any questions just pop me an email via the contact form.

The big reveal during the Monday Evening class.

Updates and lovely pictures

Stained glass workshops – The Students work

I have a last workshop this Sunday then its putting on the sunhat for August before I start in September with a Stained glass for Beginners weekend Workshop on 21st and 22nd September.

Autumn is a good time to learn new skills of cutting and shaping glass and creating your own panel to take home. It is still light, with red overtones, beautiful autumn colours coming in to inspire, and the winter to hone those skills!

In the meantime a slide show of work made or in progress by those students attending the Monday evening and Wednesday morning courses and the last stained glass for beginners weekend. Some students come to several courses to make their special stained glass projects realised.

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Thank you for viewing, if you have any questions about any of the workshops or course please do contact me.

 

Copper Foiling in July

Copper Foiling Workshop Sunday July 28th

There are places on the Introduction to Copper Foiling one day workshop in July, held at my Manchester based Studio in AWOL studios.

Copper Foiling is a fun glass craft to learn and can be suitable to develop into a hobby. Playing with colourful glass to create sun-catchers and decorative hanging for you home or to hang in the garden.

Here is a slide show of some of the pieces made by previous students from the copper foiling workshop, follow the link to book or do message me on the Contact page.

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