Hope Window

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In 2016, Manchester Cathedral installed and dedicated the new ‘Hope Window’ designed by glass artist Alan Davis and generously sponsored by The Oglesby Charitable Trust.

Following extensive damage to the Cathedral’s windows during the Second World War, the Cathedral Chapter took the opportunity to establish a design strategy for future stained-glass in the building, taking account of liturgical, architectural and environmental influences. The Hope Window is the last stained-glass window to be installed, to fulfil the post-war aspirations for new glass at the east and west ends.

The design revolves around the themes of hope, innovation, and new life. The statue of Humphrey Chetham sits by this window with a young student at his feet. The founder of Chetham’s school and library is at the heart of the early development of Manchester and together with the Hope Window reflects a sense of the character of Manchester and its vibrancy, as a place where young people can grow and flourish.

The window design includes the form of a tree (The Tree of Life) and seedpods, symbolising life and growth, and textile patterns relating to the city’s cotton industry. There is also a bee, the symbol of Manchester and an allusion to the beehives on the Cathedral roof.



The installation of the Hope window was completed in October 2016.
The dedication of the window took place on 6 December 2016.