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Friday’s library snapshot … Stained glass window

June 22, 2012

This lovely stained glass window is above the doors that lead from the Reading Room and into the garden.
The Reading Room is vital part of the Museum of English Rural Life, University of Reading and situated in St Andrew’s Hall a building of considerable historic interest.
St Andrew’s Hall was originally designed by the Victorian architect Alfred Waterhouse as a private home for local man Alfred Palmer in 1880. The house was then known as East Thorpe.
Alfred Palmer gave the house to the University to become the first women-only hall of residence in Reading.
The Dining Room has now become the Reading Room while we know a little about the fire places and the tiles seen a week or two ago we know nothing about the design or the creator of this stain glass window.
Which a real shame because it it admired greatly by readers and staff.

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