Stained Glass of Buckinghamshire Churches


Windows by Charles Eamer Kempe - Maker

Charles Eamer Kempe (1837-1907) lived in Sussex, but studied at Oxford under the influence of the Tractarians. He wished to be ordained, but realized it would be impossible due to his speech impediment. So he then decided his future should be involved with the increasing adornment of churches that surrounded him in Oxford. He admired the work of the architect G F Bodley and joined him to study architecture and decoration, soon being involved with the Gothic decoration of Bodley's churches. Kempe then realized that he wanted to specialize in Stained Glass work, and in 1864 Bodley recommended that Kempe should become a pupil of Clayton and Bell. It was not long before he wanted the freedom to explore his own designs, and set up his own studio in 1866, and was soon joined by his own assistants including William Tate and Alfred Tombleson, who became the long-serving manager of Kempe's glassworks. The business was known by his own name of Charles Eamer Kempe (Eamer having been his mother's maiden name), and flourished having to move twice to larger premises in North London. The style of the work varied over 40 years, with early work sometimes described as too bright, and later work sometimes described as too dark. However, apart from their intricate ornamentation, Kempe windows are known for the technique that the company perfected of using a silver stain on clear glass which leaves a translucent yellow tint. The Kempe Makers Mark was a wheatsheaf (or garb) derived from his family coat of arms. Kempe died suddenly in 1907, but left specific instructions that the business should continue with certain people in control, but to be run as a limited company named C E Kempe & Co Ltd. That company existed until 1934.

71 Windows, listed in Church Order

Window Location Church Date Craftsmen
Details West St Botolph in Bradenham 1887 Charles Eamer Kempe
Details East St Lawrence in Broughton (MK) †1893 Charles Eamer Kempe
Details Chancel S St Lawrence in Broughton (MK) 1882 Charles Eamer Kempe
Details East St Giles in Chalfont St Giles 1899 Charles Eamer Kempe
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Details S Aisle W St Giles in Chalfont St Giles 16th c. & 1894 Charles Eamer Kempe
Tombleson, Alfred Edward
Details Nave N (C) St Giles in Chalfont St Giles 1891 Charles Eamer Kempe
Details Sanct. S St Peter in Chalfont St Peter 1888 Charles Eamer Kempe
Carter, Edgar (probably)
Details Nave N (E2) St Peter in Chalfont St Peter 1891 Charles Eamer Kempe
Herbert W Bryans
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Details Chancel S (W) St Peter in Chalvey (Slough) 1880 Charles Eamer Kempe
Details Nave S (E) St Peter in Chalvey (Slough) 1879 Charles Eamer Kempe
Details Nave S (W) St Peter in Chalvey (Slough) 1879 Charles Eamer Kempe
Details West St Peter in Chalvey (Slough) 1880 & 1911 Charles Eamer Kempe
AK Nicholson
C E Kempe & Co. Ltd.
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Details N aisle N (W) St Peter in Chalvey (Slough) 1877 Charles Eamer Kempe
Details N aisle N (2E) St Peter in Chalvey (Slough) †1879 Charles Eamer Kempe
Details N aisle N (E) St Peter in Chalvey (Slough) †1880 Charles Eamer Kempe
Details East St Thomas in Colnbrook 1884 Charles Eamer Kempe
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Details Chancel S (E) St Thomas in Colnbrook 1884 Charles Eamer Kempe
Details Chancel S (W) St Thomas in Colnbrook 1884 Charles Eamer Kempe
Details Chancel N St Thomas in Colnbrook 1885 Charles Eamer Kempe
Details East Cemetery Chapel in Datchet 1902 Charles Eamer Kempe
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Details Chancel S (E) St Mary the Virgin in Edlesborough 1901 Charles Eamer Kempe
Details S aisle (C) St Mary in Farnham Royal 1900 Charles Eamer Kempe
Details S aisle S (W) St John the Evangelist in Frieth 1905 Charles Eamer Kempe
Underdown, Frederick J
Details S aisle W St John the Evangelist in Frieth 1888 Charles Eamer Kempe
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Details Nave N St John the Evangelist in Frieth 1901 Charles Eamer Kempe
Details Chancel N St John the Evangelist in Frieth 1880 Charles Eamer Kempe
Details S aisle S (E) St Andrew in Great Linford (MK) 1904 Charles Eamer Kempe
Details Lady Chapel East All Saints in High Wycombe 1902 Charles Eamer Kempe
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Details Lady Chapel S All Saints in High Wycombe 1904 Charles Eamer Kempe
Details S aisle S (E2) All Saints in High Wycombe 1900 Charles Eamer Kempe
Details East St Michael in Horton 1883 Charles Eamer Kempe
Details Chancel S St Michael in Horton 1879 Charles Eamer Kempe
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Details S aisle S (E) St Michael in Horton 1879 Charles Eamer Kempe
Details S aisle S (2E) St Michael in Horton 1882 Charles Eamer Kempe
Details S aisle S (W) St Michael in Horton 1883 Charles Eamer Kempe
Details N aisle N (W) St Michael in Horton 1893 Charles Eamer Kempe
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Details Chancel N St Michael in Horton 1905 Charles Eamer Kempe
Details East St Peter in Iver 1904 Charles Eamer Kempe
Details Chancel N (W) St Peter in Iver 1890 Charles Eamer Kempe
Details East St Nicholas in Kingsey 1901 Charles Eamer Kempe
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Details S Transept S St Mary Magdalene in Latimer 1892 Charles Eamer Kempe
E Carter
Details S aisle S (E2) St Barnabas in Linslade, New 1882 Charles Eamer Kempe
Details S aisle S (E3) St Barnabas in Linslade, New 1882 Charles Eamer Kempe
Details S aisle S (W) St Barnabas in Linslade, New 1882 Charles Eamer Kempe
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Details N aisle N (W) St Barnabas in Linslade, New 1885 Charles Eamer Kempe
Details N aisle N (2W) St Barnabas in Linslade, New 1885 Charles Eamer Kempe
Details N aisle N (4W) St Barnabas in Linslade, New 1878 Charles Eamer Kempe
Details Chancel S St Mary Magdalene in Little Brickhill 1887 Charles Eamer Kempe
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Details Nave N St Mary Magdalene in Little Brickhill 1891 Charles Eamer Kempe
Details S aisle S (C) All Saints in Marlow 1905 Charles Eamer Kempe
Details East St Mary the Virgin in Mentmore 1905 Charles Eamer Kempe
Details east St Mary in Slough 1889 Charles Eamer Kempe
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Details Chancel SE St Mary in Slough 1892 Charles Eamer Kempe
Details Chancel SW St Mary in Slough 1892 Charles Eamer Kempe
Details S aisle E St Mary in Slough 1882 Charles Eamer Kempe
Details S aisle S (E) St Mary in Slough 1893, 1931 Charles Eamer Kempe
C E Kempe & Co. Ltd.
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Details Chancel N (W) St Mary in Slough 1892 Charles Eamer Kempe
Details Chancel N (E) St Mary in Slough 1892 Charles Eamer Kempe
Details East St Peter in Stoke Goldington 1902 Charles Eamer Kempe
Details West St Mary & Giles in Stony Stratford (MK) 1903 Charles Eamer Kempe
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Details S aisle E St Laurence in Upton-cum-Chalvey (Slough) 1876 Charles Eamer Kempe
Details Nave W St Laurence in Upton-cum-Chalvey (Slough) 1877 Charles Eamer Kempe
Details Nave N (W) St Laurence in Upton-cum-Chalvey (Slough) 1893 Charles Eamer Kempe
Details Nave N (3W) St Laurence in Upton-cum-Chalvey (Slough) 1882 Charles Eamer Kempe
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Details Chancel S St Augustine in Westbury 1901 Charles Eamer Kempe
Details Chancel N (W) St Augustine in Westbury 1901 Charles Eamer Kempe
Details Chancel N (E) St Augustine in Westbury 1901 Charles Eamer Kempe
Details East St Mary in Whaddon 1889 Charles Eamer Kempe
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Details S aisle E All Saints in Wing 1904 Charles Eamer Kempe
Details S aisle S(E) All Saints in Wing 1902 Charles Eamer Kempe
Details East St Laurence in Winslow 1897 Charles Eamer Kempe
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