Stained glass windows with designs related to the war could be found here and there in post-war Europe – mostly in churches, which traditionally provide a setting for this form of art. The depicted window is one of the best known in Britain, being located at the grand staircase of RAF Bentley Priory. Sadly, it is a part of the historic environment which very recently was in the risk of being converted into a residential building.
Located in the priory entrance hall, stained glass windows commemorate the Royal Air Force role in winning the Battle of Britain. The “Spitfire” window is balanced by another, same in size and similar in style, showing a Hurricane. In 1992, another stained glass window was funded by Royal Observer Corps to mark the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, showing two observers on duty at an Observer Corps post in central London with contrails overhead.
Let’s hope that together with the rest of Dowding’s headquarters, these Windows will be preserved as part of a museum environment open for everyone to see.