Shrigley and Hunt

Advertisement window by Shrigley & Hunt for their stained glass depicting John o'Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster: currently installed in the Lancaster City Museum.

Shrigley and Hunt was an English firm which produced stained glass windows and art tiles.


The business began in the 1750s when Shrigley's was a painting, carving and gilding firm in Lancaster, Lancashire.

In 1868, control of Shrigley's was passed to Arthur Hunt, a Londoner, who ran a stained glass and decorating business in the south of England. Hunt had worked under designer Henry Holiday at the firm of Heaton, Butler & Bayne. Holiday influenced Hunt to create brighter, more realistic and more understandable figures and stories from the bible. Hunt's chief designers were Carl Almquist who had also studied under Holiday, and E.H. Jewitt.[1]

From 1878, the firm became known as Shrigley and Hunt, with premises on Castle Hill, Lancaster opposite the main gate of Lancaster Castle. The new company also had a showroom in London.[2]

Hunt died in 1917 and leadership passed to Joseph Fisher. After World War II the company moved to West Road, Lancaster; fire destroyed much of those premises in 1973. The firm closed with Fisher's death in 1982.[1]

Shrigley and Hunt made windows for many churches, including the Priory Church of St Mary in Lancaster and St Paul's Church in Scotforth. Their work can also be found throughout the UK and in Europe.

As well as stained glass, Shrigley and Hunt made ceramic tiles; in the late 19th century these formed an important part of the income of the company. Some of the tiles can be seen still in situ outside their former workshop on Castle Hill. The firm also produced craft decoration including stencilled wall and ceiling decoration.

Lancaster City Museum has a significant holding of Shrigley and Hunt material. This includes two panels by E. L. Eaton, a stained glass window and its cartoon in the design of John O'Gaunt, several negatives showing posed figures for stained glass artists to copy, and two painted vases by William Lambert.[3] Most other records of Shrigley & Hunt were lost in a fire.[4]


See also



  1. 1 2 Stained Glass in Wales: Shrigley & Hunt (1874-1982)
  2. Lancaster University Centre for North West Regional Studies
  3. Lancaster Guardian article on Shrigley & Hunt exhibition
  4. Saunders, M. (July 2008), "Appreciating Victorian and Arts and Crafts Stained Glass: A Battle Half Won", Ecclesiology Today, 40, p. 88
  5. Waters, p. 74
  6. Waters, p. 73
  7. Waters, p. 78
  8. 1 2 Waters, p. 77
  9. Art Glass Stained Glass Studio, restoration and conservation. Mr P Coyle.
  10. Lloyd's Register in London pps. 9, 13, 20
  • Waters, Bill (2003). Stained Glass from Shrigley & Hunt of Lancaster and London. Lancaster: University of Lancaster. ISBN 1-86220-140-4. 
  • Armstrong, Barrie and Wendy (2005). The Arts and Crafts Movement in the North West of England: A Handbook. Wetherby: Oblong. pp. 262–263. 
  • Harrison, Martin (1980). Victorian Stained Glass. London. p. 55. 

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