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St Michael and All Angels, Sowton and St Mary the Virgin, Ottery St Mary
in Stained Glass and the Victorian Gothic Revival
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This chapter explores how windows were used in two specific ecclesiastical interiors and what aspirations patrons and architects had for the stained glass in these churches: St Michael's Church at Sowton and St Mary's Church at Ottery St Mary. St Michael's Church at Sowton, near Exeter in Devon, is a rare survival: a remarkably complete ecclesiological interior. The restoration of St Mary's Church at Ottery St Mary presented a series of difficulties to its coordinator, John Duke Coleridge. The link between paternalism, Gothic and church patronage is physically built into the layout of the church and signalled by the interior fittings. The evangelist symbols represent an oblique allusion to John Garratt's evangelical activities through his reconstruction of the church. Coleridge was asserting an opinion about the nature of Anglican churches, and to him a church was for worshipping God through the performance of the sacraments.

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