I made a brief visit to the Lake District the other week. More lake than district there as ever, and walking slightly hampered by alternating sideways rain and hail showers. I spied this detail in the beautiful east window of Jesus Church, Troutbeck. The window was designed by Burne Jones on the theme of the new creation in Christ. The angle was awkward to photograph and the sun was streaming in, so I don't know how easy it is to make out the detail which delighted me - the leaping fish in the floodwaters either side of the Annunciation. A little further along Noah appears, clutching a model of his Ark.
The window as a whole is very large and elaborate in conception, and there are more expensive stained glass windows lining the nave, though Troutbeck is such a tiny place you could blink and miss it - Troutspeck, even. I guess the grandees who commissioned the many fabulous Arts and Crafts or neo-gothic holiday palaces in those parts were gracious enough to share some of their worldly excess with the local yokels who joined them for worship in these little village churches.
The view from my desk
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