Wailes, William

walwyn Wed, 01/27/2010 - 20:27
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St. Botolph, Farnborough


William Wailes (1808-1881) was born in Newcastle and originally started grocery and tea-dealing business. He studied the manufacture of stained glass in Munich in the 1830s, and by 1838 start his own company in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. In 1841 the company was making their own glass and he was employed to make glass for Augustine Welby Northmore Pugin mainly from 1842 - 1845, but produced glass for Pugin on and off up until the latter's death in 1852.


Most of Wailes work is found in the North East of England though there are examples scattered throughout England including the major commission of the West window of Gloucester Cathedral.