When you enter the Cathedral you immediately feel that you are in a place that is loved. There are people to greet you and make your visit more informative and people working on the fabric of the building. When I was there, a team were working on the grouting between the 'flags' as snow lay on the ground outside.

Coloured glass has been used since the Middle Ages telling stories, though sadly not much remains but has been replaced with modern glass. The Friends of Durham Cathedral have, since their foundation in the 1930's, often contributed to either the maintenance of old or the introduction of new glass.

1995 was the celebration of the 1000th Anniversary of the arrival of the shrine of St Cuthbert. This was marked by The Millenium Window in memory of Robert Tobias Binks (1880-1950) and his wife, Jane Watson (1885-1934). The stipulation for this window was that it should be made out of coloured glass. The glass came from Hartley Wood; the Glazier was Bernard Seaton and the Designer, Joseph Nuttgens of High Wycombe who has also worked on Windsor Castle.

In the window we see Holy Island, home of St. Cuthbert, the coffin, the exodus from Holy Island, the Tyne Bridge, Stephenson's 1825 Locomotion engine, glass blowing, ship building, coal mining and chemicals.In 1832 the Dean and Chapter of Durham together with Bishop William Van Mildert endowed the foundation of Durham University.In the lower ranges a computer prints an account by12th century monk, Simeon, Bishop Westcott who contributed to the resolution of the 1892 miners' strike and the Church in Society.

Barbara Beadman

Durham Cathedral