Reburbished St Mary Magdalene Church Whatlington
Location: Whatlington Sussex
St Mary Magdalene church at Whatlington was sympatheticaly restored by Carden & Godfrey architects following a fire. Mel Howse was asked to design the glass balustrade to the gallery and the cinquefoil window behind in the West wall, also an etched window to record the work as a Jubilee project.
The church wished to celebrate the regeneration of the building following the fire; ‘rising from the ashes’ so to speak.
The wheat sheaf appears as a theme in the designs. This also visually represents ‘growth’ and the cycle of growth. The text from 1 Kings 19:12
'and the Lord was not in the fire, but after the fire a still small voice' appears at the base of the toughened carved glass balustrade and is gilded in gold. The word ‘Resurgam’ which means ‘I shall rise again’ is part of the stained glass design, whose sinuous wheatsheaf lines could also be interpreted as flames.
Contemporary and traditional design and techniques went hand-in-hand in this commission. The project won a Sussex Heritage Award in 2014.
Size: Collection of works
Team: Carden & Godfrey