A RECTOR in Somerset has poured cold water on suggestions that
the vandalisation of stained-glass windows at one church was an
attempt to desecrate the building.
Over the Christmas period, the Rector of The Wulfric Benefice,
the Revd Michael Gallagher, discovered that some of the stained
glass in St Bartholomew's, Crewkerne, had been smashed. In one of
the windows, the face of Jesus had been shattered, which led some
to suppose that the attack was a deliberate act of sacrilege.
But Mr Gallagher said that, as the vandalism happened in the
dark, it must have been a coincidence that Jesus's face was
"It must have been done at night, and I can't see how anyone
would have been able to see an unlit stained-glass window," he
said. "The church is open all day, every day, and we have never had
any vandalism or damage at all by doing that. I think it must just
be kids, or a drunk."
Mr Gallagher said that because he had found no stone or
projectile inside the church, police believed the vandalism may
have been caused by an air rifle. "St Bartholomew's is a Grade-I
listed building, said to be in the top 100 churches in England," he
said. The church's insurers will pay to repair the windows.
One of the churchwardens of St Bartholomew's, Dorothy Tozer,
said: "We spent a lot of money last year to get the church a bit
warmer for visitors, but the holes in the windows are not helping