Diary of Bewdley Glass Plate Project

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I have forgotten to mention the small boxes of glass plates;  the reason I was looking around Stone Church. There are a lot of them in the Museum cupboard. I took one and have scanned its contents. The glass is 3 1/4 inches square and the image is inside the glass. I need to explain. On the large glass negative plates the image is on one side of a single piece of glass. It needs to be handled with extreme care and some of the images have flaked or are peeling around the edges. This side goes next to the scanner glass. Placing the other way round produces a blurred image, as the scanner has to pass through the  thickness of glass before capturing the image. I do not pretend to understand how it all works, just that I get a better result if the image is in contact with a glass. With the smaller plates, to protect the image, there are two layers of glass and the image is sandwiched in between. The two layers are held together with a thin black tape around the edge. The image is safe but does not scan well. Also because of the size there is less detail. The scans are disappointing, and I took less interest over this box. I put six plates at a time on the scanner and let it do at that. And another thing; these plates are in positive form so you can see the image directly. A lot are labelled on the taped edge. I wondered whether they were part of the same collection. If so they were a much later date; at least some. I am reminded of all this now because that one box contained a lot of local  photos. There was one of Stone church and a photo of a drawing of  a very old Stone church. There were other pictures nearby; at Shenstone, Harvington Hall, and Chaddesley.

I had marked this box 's' - for small. Being the first I called it 's a'. Here are some of the titles on the slides .

Gertrude Pratt at Stone .

Stone Cricket Club 1939 .

Old School  Stone .

Arrow sharpening stone at Stone .

The Old Inn Stone Hill .

Several reasons to take a look at Stone and its church. So let’s go back to looking at the stained glass window. One of the Ladies has picked up on the name.

" Did you say Chambers ? "

" I did . "

" Please don't ask me anything about it but see that stained-glass window."

We walked towards the window to the left of the altar. There seated on horseback rode St Wulstan. He had a book in his left hand. The inscription read, 'St Wulstan on his journeys chants aloud the Psalms of David'. There was a further inscription below.

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