East Window of All Saints Habergham Eaves, Burnley

All Saints with St John the Baptist Church, Padiham Road, Burnley, Lancashire


"The powerful East window at Habergham Eaves church, Lancashire: comparatively reticent in both colour and design in the lower portions of the five main lights, the upper half, in a stunning and haunting dramatic gesture, is thrown out of its vertical axis, the dislocated section exploding into rainbow colours, intersecting the gothic tracery. I should like to hail it as the great dissonant masterpiece of English ecclesiastical stained glass of the twentieth century." – Martin Harrison in the essay 'Eloquence from Intractability', from Brian Clarke: Architectural Artist, 1994.

East window of the Grade II listed All Saints Church Habergham Eaves, designed by Brian and made entirely by his own hand in 1976.

"About 1973, Clarke first began to explore a noticeably personal pictorial language, though of necessity he worked on and around the conventions inherited from his art school training (and, importantly, from his thorough grounding in the craft processes). Initially, most of his commissions were for the Church of England, among them a controversial East window at Habergham Eaves, Lancashire, which stands as a landmark in architectonic but audaciously anti-historicist responses to Gothic window tracery."

"The new coloured glass window in All Saints Church, Habergham, was put in place last week replacing the previous obscure quarter light window. The fund organised to buy this window raised £2248, a sufficient amount to cover the cost of the window and its installation. The money comes from donations from parishioners, including ex-parishioners now living in Blackpool. The window was made and designed by Brian Clarke, an Oldham Born Artist who has lived in Burnley and now has a studio in Derbyshire. He is the son-in-law of the Rev John Finch, former vicar of St Matthews Church. The idea of having coloured glass in the east window dates back to 1893 and Canon Williams actually got it off the ground in 1960 when the old window needed repairing. But due to more urgent repairs needing doing at the time, the project was deferred. It finally came back to light last May and Brian Clarke has made a window in which the subject is The Creation. It is of abstract design and includes the three firmaments and a rainbow. A formal dedication of the window will be made by the Bishop of Burnley on September 26th the day of the church's Harvest Thanksgiving." – 17 Sep 1976, Burnley Civic Trust Archive.