These could be selected by the builders as ready-made sets
of leaded lights from Bristol’s own Metal Agencies Company, (their
catalogue ran to over 1300 pages).
However in addition to these, the older and larger houses of Henleaze
Gardens and Avenue contain more elaborate porch screens and fanlights -
like the one illustrating a bird below.
It is likely
that many of the earlier and larger windows were designed
and made by Bristol’s own stained glass artists such as
He founded his studio in the 1840s and later the firm as
‘Joseph Bell and Son - Artists in Stained Glass’ operated
until 1996 from their studio above The Guild at 68 Park
Most of our churches feature their work and their
busiest time was probably repairing and redesigning windows
destroyed in the blitz of World War II. Records of their
designs and customers can still be found in the Victoria &
Albert Museum archives.