Monday 30 June 2008 10.36pm
Dear Lang Rabbie,
Thanks for your thoughtful replies. Your last post especially points me in some useful directions. I am looking forward to visiting the Cathedral itself, and going through materials at the BL, Guildhall Library
, and Southwark Local Studies Library next week when I am in London for a (regrettably) very short trip; I hope to make some interesting discoveries.
I am still keen to find out more about Rev. William Thompson, who wrote and expanded a history of the Cathedral several times between 1892 and the last edition of 1910. TP Stevens, who wrote and subsequently updated his own guide to the Church at regular intervals between 1922 and 1954 or so writes that he believes Thompson was responsible for the idea to install the original series of dramatic windows in the 1890s. Most libraries that have a listing for Thompson note his death year as 1909, although I have not been able to verify this, or find an obituary. I have not seen him in a DNB from that era, although I have not been able to check as many editions as I would like.
Thanks again, and of course, I would love to hear from anyone else on the forum who might have ideas, insights, or special knowledge of the Cathedral Windows--the originals destroyed by the Nazi bombings or the replacement one unveiled in 1954--or about Rev. Thompson.