Edward Burne-Jones and William Morris Stained Glass Windows – Birmingham, England - Atlas Obscura

Edward Burne-Jones and William Morris Stained Glass Windows

A collection of windows created by two of the foremost leaders in the British Arts and Crafts Movement. 


For some, attending a house of worship is a way to renew and strengthen their faith. Some go to admire and be inspired by the works of art contained within. Such is the case with four stained glass windows inside the Cathedral Church of Saint Phillip, or Birmingham Cathedral.

In stark contrast to the plain white interior of the Baroque style architecture, this Church of England building contains four brightly colored panels of stained glass by the famed team of Sir Edward Burne-Jones and William Morris. Not only was Jones a native to this industrious West Midlands city but he was also baptized in this very house of worship. The windows depict the life of Jesus of Nazareth from birth to ascension.

The central panel located above the altar is labeled “The Ascension,” with “The Nativity” and “The Crucifixion” bookending on either side. “The Last Judgement” is located at the rear of the church, just above the entrance.

It took more than a decade to complete the windows. Though the two men created hundreds of stained glass together, many consider this their finest. 

Know Before You Go

The Cathedral is open daily from 7:20 am - 6:30 pm daily. Hours may differ around religious holidays, so check the website to avoid disappointment.

Please be aware and show respect if services happen to be taking place. Should this be the case, getting up close will not be possible. If not, the church encourages one to get a closer view.

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