Eaton Bishop, St Michael and All Angels

It’s a smallish squat church, dominated by the four-square solid Norman tower, but inside is perhaps the finest stained glass in the county and some would say among the best in the country.

It’s fourteenth century work with the characteristic elegant contrapposto-like curves of the figures and harmonious and rather muted but harmonious colouring – French glass but in an English design. The Virgin and Child has to be the highlight, but as I am interested in mediaeval academic robes my own eye was taken by the figure of Adam de Monmouth, cantor of Hereford Cathedral and probable donor of the window (the church was a cathedral living), since a note at the church says he is wearing the robes of a Doctor of Civil Law, although he would seem to be in a cope, so there is a puzzle to solve here. But what a display!