“Six years ago, the then Chairman of the Friends of Markenfield, asked if someone would do a write-up of the Grantley window. Both Bill Forster and Diana Balmforth, had already written about it, in their booklets about the Cathedral windows. – I said, if it was to be done again, it should be done in depth. I didn’t realise, what I was letting myself in for…” Dr Brian Crosse.
Many of the Markenfields were buried in the north transept of Ripon Minster. Members of the Norton family, have been buried in many places around Ripon, and family members are commemorated at five places in the Cathedral. In the north aisle, the second window from the east (near the pulpit) is a fine heraldic window. This dates from 1840, and was commissioned by another Fletcher Norton, the third Lord Grantley of Markenfield.
The window’s artist was Thomas Willement, who was heraldic artist to George IV, and artist in stained glass to Queen Victoria. His monogram, TW, can be seen in the bottom right-hand corner of the window.
Almost uniquely within the Cathedral, this window has no religious content. Instead, it is ‘a celebration of dynastic splendour’. Such windows were quite the norm in the 18th century, when almost all the windows here, were heraldic. Willement was also responsible, for some of the heraldic glass, displayed in the east window of the Cathedral Library…