St Albans Cathedral's Rose Window Inspires a New Range of Souvenirs
A beautiful new range of souvenirs has arrived in the Cathedral Shop, taking inspiration from the magnificent Rose Window in the North Transept.
A firm favourite with visitors, Grimthorpe’s Rose Window, which originally had clear glass, was transformed in 1989 when Laporte industries of Luton reglazed the window as part of their 100th birthday celebrations.
The designer, Alan Younger, interpreted the concentric circles as the universe, with the earth at the centre. Triangular areas of colour are used to suggest the infusion of spirit into matter. The window was unveiled by Diana, Princess of Wales.
Explaining why she decided to introduce the new gift range, Shop Manager, Julia Cammack said, “The Rose Window is a spectacular part of the Cathedral and is much loved by visitors and locals alike. It is lovely to see both young and old stop to stare when they first enter through the South Transept, as they will again after the Alban, Britain’s First Saint project is completed. When visitors are looking for a souvenir or gift from the Cathedral, what better image to take away?”
The range includes a mug, a coupe coaster, a lidded trinket box, a thimble, a candle in a pot, a cup and saucer, keyring and fridge magnet. There will also be a glass domed paperweight, melamine trays, and other items to follow in the future. Prices range from £2.75 to £24.99.
The Rose Window souvenir range is available in the Cathedral Shop.