Stained Glass of Buckinghamshire Churches

Holy Trinity, Penn Street

C of E - Amersham Deanery
Local Authority to 2020:
Chiltern District Council
Local Authority UA:
Bucks UA (Beaconsfield & Chepping Wye)
Address of Church:
Penn Street (3 miles SW of Amersham)
Nearest Post Code:
O/S Map Reference/NGR:
SU 92362 96246
Latitude & Longitude:
51.65742, -0.66618  Google Map
Church Web Site:
CofE ACNY Web Site:
Other Web Site Links:
Holy Trinity Penn Street Heritage Site, articles on the history, of Holy Trinity, Penn Street.

Notes on Church:
The cruciform church (with no aisles) was built in 1849, designed by the architect Benjamin Ferrey. It has a memorable octagonal central tower and slender shingled spire, as well as a stunning location on the edge of Penn Wood. The interior is tall, especially at the Central Crossing. The church has always been strongly connected with the Howe (Curzon) family, the church and churchyard have many family monuments. More...
The interior walls have a lot of dark wood panelling, brought to Penn Street in the 1920s from Gopsall Hall in Leicestershire, which had been a family seat for 150 years. The Western wall is dominated by a very large painting which is a copy of "The Transfiguration" by Raphael, which is in the Vatican Museum. The Penn Street copy was previously in the Curzon Street Chapel in Mayfair.

Introduction to Stained Glass:The church still has 4 original windows of 1849 by Thomas Willement. One is on the right of the Sanctuary, and shows 2 of the Evangelists (Luke and John). We would normally expect to see the other 2 Evangelists (Matthew and Mark) on the left hand side, but that side seems to have only ever had plain glass. There are a total of 12 windows (presumably original) which still have plain glass, but attractive leadwork in a variety of patterns, one of which is shown on this website. More...
Additions since the church was built include 2 round memorial windows in the Chancel, added with plain glass in 1922. In 1931 a Ward & Hughes window was moved to Penn Street church from Penn church, and fitted inside the existing glass in the North Transept (No 18 on this website). It is very clear that the windows are not actually tall enough to fill the original lights.


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Thumbnail Code   Location Type Subject(s) Date Craftsmen
Details 01 East 3 lights Angel, Resurrection, Angel 1849 T Willement
Details 02 Chancel S (E) 2 lights St Luke, St John 1849 T Willement
Details 03 Chancel S (C) Rose Clear glass 1922 Worth Ltd.
Details 04 Chancel S (W) 1 light St Paul 1849 T Willement
Details 13 West (upper) Rose IHC & 6 Fleur de Lys 1849 T Willement
Details 16 Nave N (E) 2 Lights Plain glass in attractive leadwork 1849
Details 18 N transept N 3 lights The Transfiguration: Moses, Jesus and Elijah 1865, fitted here 1931/2 Ward & Hughes

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