Written by Chris to contribute to a history of St Timothy's in 2007 when the church had its 50th Anniversary:
"Here are my memories of doing the windows at St Tim's.
It was in 1963, during the incumbency of Alfred Pryse-Hawkins, that I first put forward the idea of decorating the plain windows above the altar.
Alfred Pryse-Hawkins was a learned and scholarly curate with a particular interest in heraldry (he died in September 2001 - he had been Vicar of St
Benet's near St Paul's Cathedral, and had been much involved with Societies of Heraldic Studies).
He was enthusiastic about decorating the windows, and by the Spring of 1964 had accepted my designs. The drawings were sent to the Bishop of
Llandaff, Glyn Simon, for approval, which was duly forthcoming, and in the Summer of 1964 I spent a few weeks executing the three central panes. I have a
photo taken when they were completed, showing their original colours (although very faded in the photo). Photo taken March 1965.
The remaining six panes were painted in the Summer of 1965. The paint used was a cellulose based pigment, supplied by the brother of Josie Gore (she
who married Roger Balkwell, organist at St Tim's, and later ordained).
The painting was done straight onto the glass, which had to be cleaned each day with methylated spirit - no drawing on the glass could be permitted.
I remember it was very hot, perched on a ladder for hours with the afternoon sun blazing in (St Tim's is back to front of course, and the east window
is actually facing west).
In the Autumn of 1965, the windows were consecrated by the Bishop of Llandaff (or it might have been the Archbishop of Wales, I can't say for certain), and that was really the end of my involvement with them. I was
then 18 years old, and attending Cardiff College of Art.
The seven saints, left to right, are as follows -
John the Baptist; Dyfrig; George; Timothy; Michael; Teilo; Gabriel.
The original colour has been lost in the restoration, and the coats of arms in the outer panes have been re-done, which is great! It shows that the windows are an evolving event, and still appreciated."