Stained glass artist Laurence Lee's Becket Window at Penshurst

David Lough

The Beckett Window at St John there Baptist's Church, Penshurst 1970
Martin Barraud

Laurence Lee (1909-2011) was an artist in stained glass windows. He is best known for his ten large windows in the rebuilt Coventry Cathedral, but his work is also found in Southwark and Guildford cathedrals among others. He served in the army in the war, sketching and painting throughout its course – some of these works are now at the Imperial War Museum. he moved to Penshurst from 1963 onwards, working in his studio on Smarts Hill, and was commissioned to produce a window in Penshurst church for the 800th anniversary celebrations in 1970 of Thomas à Becket’s installation of Penshurst’s first rector.

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  • Is the picture shown actually of the Lawrence Lee “Becket” window ar another window in Penshurst Church? The Penshurst Church Guide and History that I picked up in the church appears to show a very modern stained glass window for Becket.

    I would be interested to know what the window that you have shown is, if it is not the Becket window.

    many thanks

    By Michael Piper (21/08/2021)
  • I am not sure which becket Window illustration you are looking at – there are several on the site and the three I have seen are all correct, although two are difficult to see (eg the one on p9 of the church guide). Perhaps the cleanest version is the thumbnail picture attached to the item on Becket’s Field – it is clear and correct: easily recognisable by its central panel of the lamb.
    Sorry about the much delayed reply…

    By David Lough (04/02/2022)

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