Stained Glass Windows

Newport Minster contains a number of stained glass windows.

The selection below gives a few examples.

The East Window

The magnificent East Window depicts scenes Christ's life and from the building of Solomon's temple to its destruction.


The central larger picture window was destroyed in the bombing of Newport and restored through the help of the War Damage Commission.

The whole window is currently being restored off- site as part of the Renewal Campaign. For more details see the Renewal Campaign page.

The Maiden's Window

This unusual stained glass window is the work of Lavers and Barraud. The cost was met by money raised by the young ladies of Newport and this is why it is known as 'The Maidens Window'.

Part of the Gothic Revival movement, Nathanial Wood Lavers (1828-1911) and Francis Philip Barraud (1824-1900) trained with James Powell and Sons before later joining forces in 1858.

​By 1840 improvements in metallurgy, glass manufacture and design, along with a growing fashion for a Medieval look, brought about the Gothic Revival movement. Using the different colours and patterns to refract light in gentle ways, their window designs are decorative and often contain floral motifs and fleur de lys.

Such works are now rather rare as they have often been replaced with more elaborate windows that depict people or saints in stories from the Bible.


The picture shows a detail from this window which can be found in the Lady Chapel above the memorial to Princess Elizabeth.

The Christ of Compassion Window

The Christ of Compassion Window was made by Cakebread, Robey and Spears.

It can be found on the south side of the church.

Lady Chapel Windows

The two windows on the north side of the Lady Chapel were commissioned by Queen Victoria when the church was rebuilt in 1854.

She asked for windows to shed a gentle light on Princess Elizabeth's memorial. The one on the right contains her royal arms in the centre top light.

These windows were cleaned and restored in 2007 during the first phase of the Renewal Campaign. For more details about the Campaign see the Renewal Campaign page.